Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appointed Melinda (Mindy) Tempelis (MPA, JD ’02) as Outagamie County’s district attorney. She served as a prosecutor in Outagamie County for nearly 15 years – the last 10 as deputy district attorney.
She replaces outgoing District Attorney Carrie Schneider, now an Outagamie County Circuit Court judge.
“I am pleased to appoint Melinda Tempelis to be the next district attorney in Outagamie County,” Gov. Walker said in announcing her appointment. “She has distinguished herself in her career as a prosecutor, and I am confident she will serve the public with wisdom, integrity, and a strong commitment to justice.”
As deputy district attorney, Tempelis handled various felony and misdemeanor cases. She is an appointed commissioner on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission and a member of more than 15 local and state committees and boards.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and Outagamie County Sheriff Brad Gehring wrote letters of support for Tempelis.
Tempelis and her twin brothers, Eric and Peter, all received their bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s degrees in public affairs and juris doctorate degrees from UW-Madison.
During 2010 and 2011, Mindy and Peter Tempelis collaborated with La Follette School Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang and students on a study about the high turnover rate among Wisconsin’s assistant district attorneys. Following the study and advocacy efforts by two professional organizations, the State Legislature passed a 17-step merit pay progression law for assistant district attorneys.