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On January 5, 2015, Andrew C. Cook was appointed Deputy Attorney General by Attorney General Brad Schimel. As Deputy Attorney General, Cook is the chief operating officer of the Department of Justice. Immediately prior to his appointment, Cook was an attorney Hamilton Consulting Group, LLC where he has represented a variety of clients before the Wisconsin Legislature and state agencies. Prior to that, Cook was in-house legal counsel for the Building Industry Association of Washington, where he worked on environmental, land use, and open government issues. Cook was also an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation in Seattle, WA, where he litigated land use and environmental law cases.
Cook earned his law degree (cum laude) from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he co-founded and served as president of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter. He earned his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
For the past 12 years, Mr. Connell has served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. In that capacity, Mr. Connell has tried cases ranging from bank fraud and money laundering to drug trafficking, with two of those cases being named as the Prosecution of the Year by the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association. Mr. Connell’s cases also include the federal prosecution of James Perry, known as the “mall rapist,” who is currently serving 180 years in federal prison for his role in the sexual exploitation of two girls from Stoughton and the prosecution of prominent Madison businessman Christian Peterson who was recently sentenced to prison following his conviction for bank fraud against several banks in Dane and Jefferson Counties. Mr. Connell also has successfully argued more than 20 cases on appeal before the 7thCircuit Court of Appeals. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Connell also has served as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property coordinator.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Connell was an associate with the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, based in Washington, D.C., where, among other things, he led internal investigations of Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and broker-dealers.
Mr. Connell is a graduate of Marquette University Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as a Member and Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Connell served as law clerk for Chief United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller in the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1998-2000. Mr. Connell received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1994.
Mike Austin brings a strong background of public and private sector experience to the position. Prior to his appointment, Mike has worked at the political strategy and voter contact firm Persuasion Partners, Inc. Mike served as an advisor to a variety of clients including Attorney General-Elect Brad Schimel, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Congressman Sean Duffy, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, and former Governor Tommy Thompson.
Before that, Mike served as chief of staff to Representative Eugene Hahn leading his policy and communications strategy. As part of his duties, Mike also was the clerk to the Assembly Committee on Biofuels and Sustainable Energy.
Anne E. Schwartz is a 26-year veteran print and broadcast journalist, author and a nationally recognized trainer on strategic communication for public safety professionals.
She joined Wells Fargo in 2013, where she managed communication strategies for the company’s Midwest operations. She was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department in 2004 where she served as communications director for eight years.
In 1991, as a reporter for the former Milwaukee Journal (now the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), she broke the story of Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and wrote a book on the case.
She is a founding member of the Public Affairs Committee for the Major Cities Chiefs organization, a committee formed in 2005 to advise the country’s major city police chiefs on public affairs issues. She teaches executive messaging and strategic communication for public safety professionals around the country and for the state’s law enforcement through the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Bonnie Cyganek has served as Administrator for the Division of Management Services (DMS) since her appointment by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in 2012. Previous to this appointment, Cyganek served as the Department of Justice Human Resources Manager. She has held various other state positions in multiple agencies since 1984 and has a business degree from Cardinal Stritch University. Bonnie Cyganek serves as the Attorney General’s designee on the Group Insurance Board.
Jill Karofsky has served as Director of the Office of Crime Victim Services since her appointment by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in 2011. Karofsky had been the Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor at the Department of Justice since March, 2010. In that role, she provided training and support to Wisconsin prosecutors to enhance their prosecutions of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and related offenses. Prior to that, Jill Karofsky was Director of Human Resources and Counsel at the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Jill Karofsky started her career as an Assistant District Attorney and then Deputy District Attorney for Dane County. Jill Karofsky also is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she teaches a course she developed called Victims in the Legal System.
David Matthews began his law enforcement career in 1978 as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Police Academy and later served as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Following his military service, Matthews served for two years with the Wisconsin State Patrol as a state trooper. In 1988, he was hired by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) as a special agent specializing in narcotics investigation. Matthews was promoted to special agent in charge in 1994. He was assigned as an agent in the DOJ Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force as a computer forensic examiner and working in online undercover operations before being promoted to director of operations for the western region in 2010. Matthews was appointed as DCI’s Deputy Administrator in 2011.
He holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force. In 2012, he completed a one-year course of study at the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School - Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, CA.
Matthews was originally appointed Administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation in 2012.
David Meany has practiced law for more than 30 years in Wisconsin. He has served as Chief Legal Counsel at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since his appointment by Secretary Ben Brancel in November, 2011. Previously, David was a partner in two Wisconsin law firms, Michael, Best and Friedrich, and DeWitt, Ross & Stevens. Before and during law school, he was a research analyst in the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. He received a BA from Antioch College, and his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Mr. Meany has a son who is a United States Army Captain and a daughter who is a lawyer.
Brian O’Keefe’s law enforcement career began in 1981, as an aide in the Milwaukee Police Department. O’Keefe became a sworn police officer in 1983 and later became a detective, where he investigated homicides and other violent crimes, as well as property crimes. In 1994, O’Keefe became a Lieutenant of Detectives, where he supervised narcotics, prostitution and homicide investigations. In 2001, he was promoted to Captain, where he was the Commanding Officer of the Milwaukee Police Department’s Homicide Division.
He became Deputy Chief of Police in 2003, where he was the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, which had approximately 450 sworn and non-sworn personnel. In 2008, O’Keefe left the Milwaukee Police Department to join M&I Bank as the Assistant Director of Corporate Security and Vice President. O’Keefe also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and provides instruction to law enforcement professionals on a wide range of topics.
Brian O’Keefe was originally appointed Administrator of Law Enforcement Services by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in 2011.
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