Longtime Wisconsin chief elections official Kennedy retiring

Longtime Wisconsin chief elections official Kennedy retiring

Wisconsin’s longtime chief elections official Kevin Kennedy is retiring before the board he currently heads is eliminated next month.

Kennedy announced his intentions Tuesday to retire on June 29. That is the day before the Government Accountability Board which he heads is dissolved and reconstituted as two separate commissions.

The 64-year-old Kennedy has worked for the state on elections for 37 years. He first served on the state Elections Board as an attorney and then executive director from 1982 to 2007. He then served as head of the GAB from 2007 until his retirement.

Kennedy drew the ire of many Republican state lawmakers who voted to do away with the nonpartisan board and replace it with the new elections and ethics commissions consisting of partisan appointees.

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