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DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp names agency's senior management team

By Central Office January 18, 2011

Contact(s): Laurel Steffes, (608)266-8109

MADISON - Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp announced that six long-time DNR employees are among seven appointments to her senior management team.

"I believe in this agency," Stepp said. "We have the best and the brightest in state government right here. There is strength in picking leaders from within with knowledge of the agency and established respect by both employees and externals. I am proud of the strong team we've assembled," she said.

Stepp announced that former DNR Deputy Secretary Al Shea will play a major role in her administration. "Al Shea will be in a newly created position as the fourth member of the Secretary's Office. He will be taking the agency lead on business support, organizational effectiveness and sustainability." She noted more information on this new role will be forthcoming.

Stepp named the following to head up DNR's six divisions:

Al Shea, 57, started with the state in 1980, working with the Department of Administration's Coastal Management program. He joined the DNR in 1984 as the department's first Great Lakes policy analyst and became lead budget analyst in the Bureau of Management and Budget in 1990. He was named director of the Bureau of Watershed Management in 1997, and in September, 2003 became administrator of the Air and Waste Division, a post he held until August of 2010 when he was appointed Deputy Secretary. Shea holds a B.S. in geography from SUNY-Brockport and an M.S. in water resources management from UW-Madison. He is an avid walleye angler, bow hunter and amateur ornithologist.

The six administrators will be starting their new positions over the next two weeks. Earlier this month, Stepp announced her choice for Deputy Secretary, Waukesha Attorney Matt Moroney, and for Executive Assistant, Scott Gunderson, 16-year 83rd Assembly District Representative. All appointees will receive the same salary as their predecessors.

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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