If asked to return for another term as secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Reed Hall says he would be honored to serve again.
Like other cabinet members, Hall is awaiting an announcement soon about Gov. Scott Walker’s cabinet appointments for his second term. Walker, a Republican, was re-elected on Nov. 4, defeating Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
"I understand that protocol is that the Governor has to reappoint us to our positions. If asked, I intend to continue to serve but I do need to be mindful of protocol. In response to your question, no I have not heard if the governor wishes me to stay on," Hall said.
Laurel Patrick, Walker’s press secretary, said in an e-mail, "Any announcement about changes to Governor Walker’s cabinet agency teams will be made when we have details to share."
Hall, who had retired as the executive director of the Marshfield Clinic in 2010, was brought in by Walker to stabilize the agency that was in turmoil as Walker transformed it from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to the WEDC.
The transition was not without drama or turmoil.
Paula Jadin, Walker’s original commerce secretary, resigned in September of 2012 to become the new president of Thrive, which seeks to improve the economy of the Madison era.
The agency was often criticized for questionable loans and grants to private businesses and for not holding the recipients of that state aid accountable for jobs they had promised to create.
Under the leadership of Hall and his public information manager, former journalist Mark Maley, the WEDC has become far more transparent about how it operates and the status of its economic development initiatives. The information is available to the public at www.inwisconsin.com. In addition to full disclosure of its operations plan for fiscal 2015, the agency published its "Annual Report on Economic Development." The WEDC’s board meetings are open and accessible to the public. The web …Read more...