In front of a small, intimate group of friends, colleagues, and family members, Judge Frank Gagliardi was sworn in to his new role as Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge for Branch 3. Administering the oath of office Tuesday just after 4:00 p.m., was Kenosha Circuit Court Judge Bastianelli (Retired). Bastianelli, Gagliardi said, was one of his mentors as an attorney.
Gagliardi, 44, of Twin Lakes, was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to succeed America’s Judge, Bruce E. Schroeder. Jeopardy, Gagliardi said, will still be available to his courtroom. He had the game prominently displayed on the bench Tuesday. “I am going to honor Judge Schroeder – we’re going to keep a tradition with our Jeopardy cards, which I think is important to Branch 3,” said Galiardi of the popular game.
Gagliardi took to the podium to address his family and friends immediately after being sworn in:
“This is a special moment, I want to say it’s a special moment for me, which it is, but I want to respect the office that I’m sitting in. A few years ago, and this is important for me to say, because a few years ago, this position, I applied for this position, and I thought that this was a position about me and I couldn’t be farther [off base.] This position is about an office. Judge Bruce Schroeder [is] a wonderful man. I’m taking Branch 3. I’m never going to live up to Judge Schroeder’s standards because they broke the mold with Judge Schroeder. The only thing I’m going to do here, which is an honorable thing, is work as hard as I can and do the best I can to uphold the law and serve the community….I promise you one thing – I will do my best to be fair to listen to the people who come before me to treat them with respect to be part of a solution…I’m really looking forward to working with my other judges…Richard Ginkowski, who has really helped us out here, [he’s a] has been a solid person, along with my father [Paul Gagliardi.] I want to give [them] a special thank you. I would not be here without my father and without Richard and that it’s not just me it’s my family… I’m Frankie Gagliardi, your Branch 3 Judge.”
Gagliardi faces Commissioners Heather Iverson and William Michal in the Spring, 2024 election.
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