Elroy City Attorney Bill Jefferson Retires

by Anna Straight
Bill Jefferson and Kathy Retzlaff Bill Jefferson and Kathy Retzlaff

After 38 years as Elroy’s City Attorney, William (Bill) Jefferson has decided to retire. Not only will he be retiring from the city, but he will also be retired from being a court commissioner as of August 1, 2017. During his time as a court commissioner, he worked under very supportive people such as Judges Roemer and Curran. Jefferson would like to thank everyone for their support during his career.

Bill Jefferson graduated from Sparta High School in 1970. Following, he graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in business management. Later, Jefferson attended Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jefferson said that he never really thought about Elroy until he arrived in 1977 to work at Wallace Brady’s Law Firm. In 1979, Wallace Brady was elected as a judge in Juneau County and that’s when Jefferson purchased Brady’s Law Firm. During the same year, Jefferson also became the city attorney for Elroy. Jefferson told The Messenger that he’s had some fantastic employees throughout the years here in Elroy. Karen Marone and Florence Searles both were attorneys that worked under him, along with many great administrative assistants. Jefferson joked that his wife, Kim, was his first administrative assistant and his last; however, he would like to thank Cathy Carroll and Kathy Retzlaff for their service with him also. Retzlaff has been an ad- ministrative assistant to Jefferson for over 30 years and has made the move from the building in downtown Elroy, which was the old City Hall/Police Department to the building in which his practice was last in, which was the old Sartori’s IGA.

Rebecca Richards-Bria bought Jefferson’s Law Practice and will be keeping the office in Elroy. Richards-Bria will also be taking over the duties as Elroy’s City Attorney, and the remainder of Jefferson’s contract with the city will also go to Richards-Bria.

When asked what he was going to do with all of his time now that he’s retired, Jefferson replied, “I’m blessed with a great family. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife and grandchildren.” One of the Jefferson’s grandchildren was recently featured in Parents Magazine. Bill will also be completing some remodeling projects on his house and will continue to be an active member of many of the organizations that he belongs to in the Elroy community.