EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WLAX) — The newly-appointed Eau Claire County District Attorney said he is looking to restore the public’s trust in the office.
Peter Rindal took over the position three weeks after Gary King formally stepped down amid accusations of sexual harassment as well as being intoxicated at work.
“There has been a lot of anxiety over the last few months, I think; anxiety about what the future holds in terms of leadership,” Rindal said. “The DA leads the office, so there has been a lot of question about what the future is going to look like. I can say I very much appreciate how quickly the governor’s office has moved through this appointment process, and that has brought a relief just knowing who is going to be leading the office. I think I can speak for the staff when I say everyone is feeling a little bit better about that.”
Rindal is a Western Wisconsin native, raised on a dairy farm. He is also a graduate of Fall Creek High School.
“It has been clear to me for a long time that I want to be a prosecutor,” he said. “I enjoy prosecuting cases. I take a lot of personal satisfaction from this work, and I am very committed to Eau Claire County; I am committed to being a prosecutor.”
Rindal has more than a decade of prosecuting experience under his belt, eight of which have been spent in Eau Claire County.
“This seemed like a natural step forward,” he said of the DA position. “So when the opportunity presented itself, I thought that was something I would be very interested in doing.”
Gov. Tony Evers said Rindal’s experience makes him a great fit for the job.
“He cares deeply about protecting the public and improving the criminal justice system,” Evers wrote in a statement regarding the appointment.
Coming from the office he now leads, he is already familiar with the team.
“I have been a part of hiring and managing our current attorney staff, which I think is a great group that have proven over the last few months how professional and dedicated they really are,” he said.
Rindal will serve as the district attorney for the remainder of King’s term, which ends in January of 2025.