MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has created a new open records office within the state Department of Justice.
Schimel says the Office of Open Government will handle records requests as well as offer advice on records and meetings law.
Newly hired Assistant Attorney General Paul Ferguson will lead the office. He'll be assisted by a paralegal and a legal assistant. Schimel says the number of positions at DOJ won't change. All three positions have been vacant.
Schimel says about DOJ had about five to six dozen open record requests waiting to be fulfilled when he took office in January. Kevin Potter, deputy administrator of the Division of Legal Services, has served as the agency's records custodian but Schimel says Potter has many other things to do.