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Van Hollen Announces Executive Staff Appointments


MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced his appointments to the Executive Staff for the second term.


Van Hollen appointed Kevin St. John to serve as the agency's Deputy Attorney General. Mr. St. John previously served as the Special Assistant Attorney General for Public Affairs and Policy. He is replacing Ray Taffora.


Steve Means has been appointed the Department's Executive Assistant. “As Deputy Administrator for the Division of Legal Services, Steve has provided outstanding leadership and service to the Department of Justice,” said Van Hollen. “Over the past three plus years since he joined the Department, I have often relied upon and respected his counsel.” In his new role, Steve will become more deeply involved in legal policy, special assignments, and interactions with other government agencies. He will also supervise the communications office.


Dean Stensberg will be moving from the EA position to become the Director of Public Affairs and Policy. In that role, Dean will continue to serve on the executive staff. Dean will supervise legislative affairs and scheduling, and remain a senior advisor on communications and constituent relation matters.


Jill Karofsky will serve as the new Director of the Office of Crime Victim Services. Most recently, Jill has been the Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor here at the Department of Justice. 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 was Director of Human Resources and Counsel at the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Jill started her career as an Assistant District Attorney and then Deputy District Attorney for Dane County. Jill is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she teaches a course she developed called Victims in the Legal System.


“Please join me in congratulating these DOJ employees on their new positions as we work together to promote public safety in Wisconsin,” said Van Hollen.