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July 12, 2011

MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has announced three new top-level appointments within the agency.

Tim Andryk has been named chief legal counsel, Michael Bruhn has been named legislative liaison, and Bill Cosh has been named agency spokesperson. Stepp said the appointments are the result of recent legislation to make state agency chief legal counsels, legislative liaisons, and spokespersons appointed positions.

Andryk, a veteran DNR employee, is currently acting chief legal counsel for the agency since the retirement of Michael Lutz. He began working with DNR in 1987 as a migratory bird and wetlands specialist, and later served as a wildlife biologist working on comprehensive planning and budgeting. He began working as a DNR attorney in 1992, for the fisheries, wildlife, and Stewardship grants programs and served as special assistant to Secretary Darrell Bazzell on conservation matters. Andryk has in B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an M.S. in Fish & Wildlife Management from Montana State University and received his Law Degree (J.D.) from the UW-Madison.

Michael Bruhn previously served as the primary legislative staff member to former Rep. Scott Gunderson, who is currently DNR's executive assistant. Bruhn clerked various legislative committees and was the legislative staff leader on issues related to firearms, hunting, fishing, and business regulations. Bruhn served as a City of Sun Prairie alderman from 2003 through 2005 where he was chairman of the personnel committee responsible for negotiating union contracts with city employees. He has a B.A. in political science and sociology from the UW-Madison. He replaces Elizabeth Kluesner, who has taken another position in the agency.

Bill Cosh has served as the spokesperson for the state Department of Justice since he was appointed to that position by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in 2008. Cosh previously served as a research assistant for State Rep. Dan Meyer and as the senior education policy advisor under Gov. Scott McCallum. Cosh began his career as an assistant in the Office of the Chancellor for the UW-Madison while a student at the Robert M. La Follette Institute for Public Affairs. He has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and a Masters in Industrial Relations from the UW-Madison. Cosh is replacing Adam Collins who has taken another position in the agency.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Steffes - (608) 266-8109

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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