Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Madden serves county as clerk of court


Kathleen Madden

Kathleen Madden won her first re-election bid as clerk of circuit court on November 2, running unopposed after Waukesha County's 12 judges unanimously selected her in October 2008 to fill the position being vacated by Carolyn Evenson, who retired. 

Madden attended the Wisconsin Women in Government seminar at the La Follette School of Public Affairs in 2007. The seminar is a partnership between the school and the Wisconsin Women in Government nonprofit organization that supports leadership development opportunities for women.

Since her appointment, "I have worked tirelessly to energize my staff, introduce technological efficiencies to our daily work and develop program changes to benefit Waukesha County residents such as a one-day, one-trial jury program," Madden says. In September she announced an electronic payment service for court-ordered fees, fines and forfeitures.

The clerk of court manages all aspects of the jury system; maintains records of all documents filed with the court; keeps a record of court proceedings; and collects, disburses and reconciles monies related to court cases. The clerk of court is responsible for the implementation of court automation, strategic planning, business continuity planning, and budget management and planning. The clerk is also fiscally responsible for millions of dollars in fees, fines and forfeitures paid through the office annually, as well as the management and safe-keeping of all funds ordered held in trust by the circuit courts.

An employee of Waukesha County for seven years, Madden ran unopposed in the September 14 primary and won the November 2 election to a four-term beginning in January 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was a program and project analyst, compiling countywide statistical reports for judges and county managers, as well as working on new court projects and procedures.

She completed her master of business administration degree in June 2010 through Ottawa University. She serves on the Waukesha County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council's Alcohol Treatment Court subcommittee, the Waukesha County United Way Cabinet as co-chair of the government sector, and is vice president of Ottawa University's Wisconsin alumni group. "An article in the winter 2010 Ottawa University Spirit Magazine highlights the path I chose to achieve the job of my dreams and how important my education has been along the way," Madden says.

"It is important for me to acknowledge the value of attending the Wisconsin Women in Government seminar at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison," Madden says. "The seminar allowed me to study various leadership concepts and styles, the variety of challenges for women in management, organizational cultures, gender paradigms, speaking and presentation tips, and more, has contributed to my achievements to date. This experience will stay with me throughout my lifetime and I am very grateful."