La Crosse County Judge Pasell to retire

Resignation effective Nov. 21

A La Crosse County circuit judge is putting down his gavel for good next month.

Judge Dale Pasell is resigning effective November 21.

Pasell has been a circuit court judge for the past 15 years and was a public defender for the 20 before that. Part of his job included overseeing the county’s drug treatment court.

He said seeing people come through there and turn their lives around has been one of the best parts of his job.

“There are people out there who have done remarkable things and…Who have jobs, who are back together with their families, they’ve got their kids back, and you look at them and you see this is a human triumph, it’s a story that ought to be told,”  Judge Pasell said.

In retirement, Judge Pasell is looking forward to traveling, spending more time with his family and learning a foreign language.

A new judge will be appointed by Governor Scott Walker to serve until one is elected next April. To apply for the position, Governor Walker’s Office asks people to submit:

Cover letter
Resume (not exceeding two pages)
References (list of 3-4)
Two writing samples
Judicial application:  found on Governor Walker’s website: (Select the Judicial Application button, after clicking “Apply to Serve” at the right-hand side of the page)

Complete application materials should be submitted via email to:

All application materials for this judicial appointment must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2014.