Judicial Application

Governor Walker Seeks Applicants for Racine County Judicial Vacancy

Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Racine County Circuit Court. 

The new appointee will replace outgoing Racine County Circuit Court Judge Gerald P. Ptacek, whose resignation is effective January 3, 2017.  The new appointee, should he or she choose to run, would be up for election in April 2018.

To apply, please submit the following:

Cover Letter

Resume (not exceeding two pages)

Two Writing Samples

Judicial Application: found on Governor Walker’s website:  www.walker.wi.gov.

(Select “Governor’s Office” at the top of the page, “Apply to Serve,” and then “Judicial Application”)

Complete application materials should be submitted via email to the following: govjudicialappointments@wisconsin.gov

All application materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2016.  Following submission, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application, and explaining the next steps in the process. 

Potential applicants with questions about the process should email their questions to govjudicialappointments@wisconsin.gov.  If you need to speak with someone immediately, you may contact Jennifer Roades at 608-266-1212


To apply, you must submit the following materials to the Office of the Governor before the application deadline:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Writing Samples
  • Judicial Application (click here to download Word version, or see below for online version)
  • Application Signature Page (click here to download Word version)

You may submit these materials in one of two ways: 1) by email, or 2) online at this website.


How to Apply By Email

To apply by email, send all of your materials to GovJudicialAppointments@Wisconsin.gov. You should receive an immediate auto-reply acknowledging receipt of your email. Later, you will be contacted by one of our staff to confirm receipt of your materials and to explain the next steps.


How to Apply Online

Instead of submitting materials by email, you may fill out the application online, by clicking the button below. The last page of the online application will allow you to upload your cover letter, resume, writing samples, and signed, scanned signature page (click here to download). If you have difficulty uploading, you may email the attachments to GovJudicialAppointments@Wisconsin.gov or fax them to (608) 267-8393, Attn: Jennifer Roades.

If choosing to apply online, we recommend you download the Microsoft Word version of the application (click here) and prepare your answers and attachments before beginning. The online application must be completed in one sitting, and it cannot be saved and resumed at a later date.

Complete Online Application


Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters may be sent by email to GovJudicialAppointments@Wisconsin.gov, or by regular mail to the Office of Governor Scott Walker, 115 East State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702. Recommendation letters should be received before the application deadline, if possible.

Please note all letters and materials submitted are considered public records in accordance with Wisconsin's public record statues (Wis. Stat. §§ 19.31-19.39). Except as otherwise provided by law, any requester has a right to inspect any public record. Therefore, any information contained within your submission, including, but not limited to, your home or business address or telephone number, is open to public inspection upon request.

You may also wish to review the provisions of SCR Chapter 60 that apply to a sitting judge or a candidate for a judicial office, including SCR 60.06(5), which states that "A judge or candidate for judicial office shall not knowingly personally solicit or accept endorsements from parties who have a case pending before the court to which election or appointment is sought."



If you have any questions, you may email GovJudicialAppointments@Wisconsin.gov. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call (608) 266-1212 and ask to speak with Jennifer Roades.