Governor-elect Tony Evers announced the first of his cabinet today, including his choices for DOA secretary and DNR secretary.The Democrat will be sworn in to office in about three weeks.
Evers announced his choices at a press conference in Milwaukee today. He said he hopes they’ll be able to “connect the dots,” between agencies and help deliver on campaign promises.
Evers named Joel Brennan as his choice for incoming Department of Administration Secretary. Brennan will be leaving his current post as president and CEO of Milwaukee’s Discovery World science and industry museum. “I’m excited to work for someone who wants to passionately stand for the issues he and we care about like better healthcare options, a stronger economy, stronger schools and improved infrastructure,” he says.
Kevin Carr would take the reins on the state’s prison system as the new leader of the Department of Corrections. Carr formerly worked in the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Department, and now he’s the US Marshall for Wisconsin’s Eastern District.
He says he wants to be “smart on crime,” and reduce prison costs. “We have much work to do, but I share Governor-elect Evers’ vision to maintain public safety, build safer communities, and build resources that are effective and responsive to the people.”
If confirmed, Preston Cole would become Evers’ Department of Natural Resources Secretary. He is a forester and member of the state’s natural resources board. Changes to the DNR from the Walker administration have been widely criticized among environmentalists.
Cole says he wants to bring the focus back to science and transparency. He also talked about the importance of educating kids in STEM.
Evers also announced Sara Meany as his pick to lead the Department of Tourism. She’s currently the chief marketing officer at Milwaukee Film. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the leaders of our legislature to ensure that all people from all walks of life feel welcomed.”
Evers faced criticism today for all of his picks being from Milwaukee, but he said that criticism will be “dissipated,” as he announces more picks. “I’m seeking talent and I’m seeking people that could connect the dots.”
These cabinet picks and the others will have to clear the GOP controlled state Senate.