The Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development
is a state executive position in the Wisconsin state government.
The current officeholder is Reggie Newson. He was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker on October 24, 2011, immediately following the resignation of former officeholder Scott Baumbach.
Prior to his position at the Department of Workforce Development, Newson served as Executive Assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), one of the DOT top three leadership positions and a position he held since January 2011. He previously was operations director for DOT’s Southeast Region, managing a $320 million budget and directing 500 employees since 2005. From 2003 to 2005, Newson managed the state Disadvantaged Enterprise Program. Newson has an MBA with an emphasis in corporate communications from Concordia University of Wisconsin, an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as certificates in project management, management and six-sigma from the UW-Milwaukee. He also has an associate’s degree in commercial real estate (ACRE) from Marquette University.
The creation of the Department of Workforce Development is designated in Wisconsin Statutes.
Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.22, Department of workforce development; creation
There is created a department of workforce development under the direction and supervision of the secretary of workforce development.
The Department of Workforce Development is divided into six main divisions:
In 2010, the Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development was paid an estimated $106,031 according to the Council of State Governments.