The Third Branch
Judge John P. Hoffmann
Waupaca County Circuit Court
Judge John P. Hoffmann
Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge John P. Hoffmann retired on Nov. 29, after 28 years on the bench. Hoffmann was first appointed in 1985 by then-Gov. Tony Earl. He was elected the following year, and reelected four times, most recently in 2010.
Hoffmann is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and UW Law School. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a family court commissioner for Waupaca County and worked in private practice. He has served on the Juvenile Benchbook Committee and the Wisconsin Commission on Children, Families and Courts.
In an interview with the Waupaca County Post, Hoffmann said he has found adoption cases to be the most satisfying, because everyone in the courtroom is happy, as opposed to criminal cases, where he said very few leave happy with the outcome.
"I hope I've made a difference and treated all people fairly," he told the paper. "Hopefully, they all felt they had an opportunity to be heard, even if they didn't agree with the decision I made."
In an email to the Waupaca County Bar Association, Hoffmann said of his decision to retire, "I did not want to be in a position to simply go through the motions or lack the enthusiasm or dedication that a position of public trust requires." He went on to tell the bar association that he and his wife, who retired three years ago after their first grandchild was born, hope to spend more time in Indiana where their children and grandchildren live.
"As a Notre Dame football, men and women basketball, and hockey season ticket holder I expect to attend many sporting events. More victories would lift my spirits. Go Irish!" he wrote.
Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler says goodbye to her judicial assistant, Mary Roderick, at Roderick's retirement party in January.
Supreme Court Judicial Assistant
After serving as a judicial assistant on all three levels of the court system, Mary Roderick retired on Jan. 3.
Roderick began working for the court system in 1994, as judicial assistant for Green County Circuit Court Judge David G. Deininger. When Deininger moved to the District Four Court of Appeals in 1996, Roderick went along and continued to serve as his judicial assistant.
When Deininger planned to retire, Roderick took a position as the executive assistant to Director of State Courts A. John Voelker in 2005.
In 2007, after Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler was elected to the Supreme Court, Roderick became her judicial assistant. She continued to work for Ziegler until her retirement.
"The court system was fortunate to have the benefit of her skills and dedication for the 20 years she served," Deininger said of Roderick.
Former Chief Deputy Clerk of Court Barbara Miller (right) presents retired Clerk of Green County Circuit Court Carol Thompson a plaque from the Supreme Court. Thompson retired Dec 31, 2013 after 13 years. The judges in the county appointed Miller as clerk of court to succeed Thompson.