He was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker on June 17, 2011, the first by a Republican. Along with Vocke, the Candidate Committee suggested Hon. Charles P. Dykman of Madison and the Hon. Denis Luebcke of Appleton for the position.
Upon being appointed, Vocke stated, "Anybody who knows me knows that I'm independent. I am nonpartisan. I have always kind of walked my own path and listened patiently and made my own decisions and I will continue to do that."
Vocke is a Reserve Judge for the State of Wisconsin and has served as a medical malpractice mediator for the Wisconsin Supreme Court since 1986 and as a referee for the Court since 1987. Prior to that he served as a district attorney for Racine County, district attorney for Vilas County, and a Circuit Court Judge.