Gov. Tony Evers is placing more than 60 new assistant prosecutors in multiple Wisconsin counties.
The state budget funds 64.95 assistant district attorney positions around the state. Evers announced Tuesday that the positions would be spread out across 56 counties.
Barron County will receive an additional prosecutor, bringing the total to four.
Brian Wright, Barron County District Attorney said the additional prosecutor will be a boost to an office which takes cases from 11 different law enforcement agencies. He said there can be more than 400 open cases at any given time.
“Echoing Governor Evers’ announcement, the allocation of an additional prosecutor to serve the citizens of Barron County will ‘improve victims services, enhance diversion and treatment options for those dealing with substance use disorders, and address backlogs that are standing in the way of justice.’”
The process of hiring an additional prosecutor will begin immediately, said Wright.