— A Rock County judge soon will have a voice to the state Supreme Court after being named the top judge of the area’s judicial district.

The Supreme Court on Friday appointed Judge James Daley to the post of chief judge for Wisconsin’s fifth district, which includes Rock, Dane, Green and Lafayette counties.

Daley, who had been deputy chief for the past six years, replaces Dane County Judge C. William Foust, who had reached the position’s term limit.

The new job makes Daley the administrative head of the court district, Daley said.

He will act as a mediator for conflicts between different members of the criminal justice system—for instance, ones between judges and attorneys—and help courts administer new policies, Daley said.

Daley also will sit on the state’s 10-member Committee of Chief Judges.

The committee meets seven or eight times a year to make recommendations on legislation and to help the state Supreme Court in developing policies, Daley said.

That work might include talking about issues such as a recent budget provision that would have allowed commercial bail bondsmen in the state, for instance, or something as simple as making changes to Wisconsin’s online court records system, Daley said.

As the district’s top judge, Daley also will be responsible for picking a deputy chief. Asked if he’s chosen a judge to take the job, Daley declined to say.

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