DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp stepping down from post

Wisconsin State Farmer
Wisconsin Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp speaks as Gov. Scott Walker looks on.

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today after Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp announced she accepted an appointment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the deputy administrator for Region 7.

“Cathy is a strong, trusted reformer who will serve the country well at the EPA. As DNR secretary since 2011, she has led an outstanding workforce committed to preserving and promoting our natural resources while placing a strong focus on customer service and common sense. We will miss her optimism and energy at the DNR, and we wish her success in her new role.”

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Senior Vice President of Government Relations Scott Manley released a statement on Aug. 29 congratulating Stepp on "this well-deserved appointment."

"Secretary Stepp has worked tirelessly for the people of Wisconsin for years - and we thank her for her service," Manely said. "Secretary Stepp used her significant private sector experience to improve the Department and make it more accountable all while ensuring it continued to serve its vital mission to the people of Wisconsin. Her leadership at DNR has left a lasting legacy that will benefit our state for years to come."

Governor Walker appointed DNR Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede to serve as interim secretary effective Aug. 31, 2017.