Bayne-Allison sworn in as Lincoln County Judge

First duties in his new role: to swear in two others.


Judge Greg Grau swears in new Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Galen Bayne-Allison on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. Tina L. Scott photo.

Galen Bayne-Allison, elected to be the next Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge in the April 2022 election, was legally sworn in on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, just after 8:00 a.m. by retired Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau.
Bayne-Allison fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jay Tlusty.
Immediately afterward, Judge Bayne-Allison performed his first official act of duty, swearing in Michelle Livingston as his court stenographer.
Bayne Allison said today’s swearing in was the legal event, but his ceremonial investiture will take place on Friday, Sept. 9.
“Thank you for coming this morning. I deeply appreciate it,” he said to the small crowd of friends, colleagues, courthouse staff, and well wishers who came to watch the event. “I look forward to working with all of you.
Later that same day around noon, Judge Bayne-Allison also swore in Kristopher Ellis as the new Lincoln County District Attorney. Ellis was appointed to fill the vacancy in the DA’s office created when Bayne-Allison himself left to become Judge. Ellis had been an Assistant DA in Lincoln County since just June. Ellis will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends Jan. 2025. He was appointed by Governor Tony Evers.

Judge Greg Grau congratulates new Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Galen Bayne-Allison after the swearing in ceremony. Tina L. Scott photo.
Newly sworn in Judge Bayne-Allison swears in Michelle Livingston as his court stenographer. Tina L. Scott photo.
Lincoln County’s newest Judge, Judge Galen Bayne-Allison administers the oath of office to newly-appointed Lincoln County District Attorney Kristopher Ellis. Tina L. Scott photo.

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