Preston Cole promised that science will be given a higher priority in decision-making when he takes over next month as secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources. Gov.-elect Tony Evers appointed Cole, a top city of Milwaukee official, on Wednesday to head the 2,500-employee agency at a news conference in the city. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With Gov. Scott Walker on the short list for the U.S. Department of Interior secretary position, what is his record on conservation issues? Two former secretaries from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources weighed in on Walker’s eight years in the statehouse and whether he would be qualified for the Cabinet position. > Channel 3000
Gov.-elect Tony Evers named four Milwaukee-area leaders to his Cabinet on Wednesday, including a former campaign manager to Mayor Tom Barrett and a 30-year veteran of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. The picks drew criticism from Republicans, who accused Evers of not looking outside of Wisconsin’s largest city for appointments. > AP News
Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers has named his first four picks to lead state agencies, including a Natural Resources Secretary whose appointment drew praise from outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. > Wisconsin State Journal
For almost two decades there has been a cloud over the festivities of deer season: chronic wasting disease. And for the last eight years, the government has done nothing to keep it from spreading. But as Dave Cieslewicz writes in the Isthmus, Tony Evers’ election may be reason for hope.
Opponents of a championship-caliber golf course planned by the Kohler Co. along the shoreline of Lake Michigan say political interference played a role when a state agency approved a key permit to fill wetlands for the controversial project. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials are refusing to release records detailing allegations an agency employee harassed female co-workers at a Milwaukee hotel, saying disclosure would hurt workers’ morale and human beings make mistakes. > AP News