Gov. Tony Evers picks Wisconsin Guard sex assault ombudsman

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers appointed a member of the Georgia National Guard on Friday to serve as the Wisconsin National Guard's new sexual misconduct ombudsman.

Lt. Col. Brian Bischoff will work with victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and retaliation and provide quarterly reports to Evers on complaints.

Evers' office said in a statement that Bischoff is an Iraq veteran and has more than 17 years of experience as an Army attorney, including serving as one of the federal National Guard Bureau's first special victims counsel. His duties in that position included advocating for sexual assault victims before military agencies, boards and courts-martial.

Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff didn't immediately respond to an email inquiring if Bischoff will be based in Georgia or Wisconsin.

Evers created the position with an executive order in December after federal investigators issued a report revealing multiple shortcomings in the Wisconsin Guard's sexual misconduct reporting protocols, most notably commanders opening their own internal investigations into complaints rather than referring them to Army or Air Force criminal investigators as required by federal law and Department of Defense policy.

The Wisconsin Guard's top commander, Adj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, resigned at Evers' request hours before the report was made public.

The executive order also requires the Wisconsin Guard to submit a corrective action plan to Evers within 60 days and submit to a follow-up review by National Guard Bureau investigators this fall.