LETTER: Judge’s actions make clear he does not deserve second term

To Ozaukee Press:

Several weeks ago, Randy Koschnick, the director of state courts, released the results of an audit of financial accounts maintained by the Ozaukee County clerk of courts.

The audit concluded that appropriate accounting principles were being followed by the clerk of courts office, did not find anything inappropriate and offered no corrective recommendations.

In other words, the audit resulted in a clean bill of health.

Should we be surprised at the outcome of that audit?

I don’t think so.

The audit was the third time since 2016 that an investigation or review has been commenced based on Judge Joseph Voiland’s claim that some misconduct was occurring at the Justice Center.

The first investigation by the attorney general’s office was closed after Judge Voiland quit cooperating.

The second, ordered by the director of state courts and conducted by a retired judge and former United States attorney, found no basis for believing that criminal conduct was taking place and that there were a few human errors in an office that handles thousands of documents a year.

The investigation found the errors were easily correctable and understandable when taken in context.

I would really like to know how much these investigations have cost the state and county.

How much was spent on investigators, employees and attorneys who worked on these investigations?

How do you measure the damage done to the reputation of the Ozaukee County court system?

I think those are fair questions.

I believe it is accurate to say that when Voiland was elected in 2013 his victory was based more on the fact that the citizens of Ozaukee County were upset that his predecessor had signed the Walker recall petition than on Voiland’s legal experience or judgment.

Voiland’s six-year term will end in 2019.

Given his history of making serious and unfounded allegations against a fellow judge and co-workers, failure to communicate with anyone in the Justice Center and questionable legal decisions, he should not be re-elected.

He simply has not earned a second term.

Karen Zimmermann
Mequon

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