- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state board that oversees elections and ethics compliance has selected new officers.

Wisconsin law requires every state agency administered by a board to select new officers at its first meeting every year. The six retired judges who make up the Government Accountability Board picked their new officers during a meeting Tuesday in Madison by drawing names from a glass vase.

Gerald Nichol won the chairmanship, replacing Thomas Barland. Elsa Lamelas was picked as vice-chair, replacing Harold Froehlich. Barland was selected as secretary, replacing Timothy Vocke.

The selections come as Republicans who control the state Legislature are mulling revamping the board and moving toward a more partisan structure.

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