After taking office on Jan. 7, newly elected Attorney General Josh Kaul has announced several appointments within the Department of Justice (DOJ). Appointees include current DOJ employees and alumni, as well as some new faces. Kaul’s appointments include:
- Deputy attorney general – Eric J. Wilson. Wilson comes to DOJ from Godfrey & Kahn. His previous experience includes work as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago and an assistant attorney general in Wisconsin.
- Chief of staff – Ashley Viste. Viste was Kaul’s campaign manager and as also worked on campaigns for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, now-Gov. Tony Evers’s Superintendent of Public Instruction campaign, and state Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay).
- Communications director – Gillian Drummond. Drummond served as a senior advisor to Kaul during the campaign. Her previous experience includes running communications for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet’s campaign, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Hillary for Wisconsin, and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. Drummond also served as chief of staff to then-minority leader Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee).
- Director of the Division of Legal Services – Charlotte Gibson. Gibson has been an assistant attorney general since 2001 and director of the special appeals unit since 2011.
- Director of the Division of Law Enforcement Services – Tina Virgil. Virgil has worked at DOJ for 26 years, including as director of the Special Investigations Bureau and state fire marshal.
Kaul also announced he will retain Schimel appointees Michelle Viste as director of the Office of Crime Victim Services and Kristen Devitt as the director of the Office of School Safety.