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Gov. Walker Taps Ross to Head Wisconsin DOT Following Gottlieb’s Resignation

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker named Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Dave Ross to be the state's next transportation secretary, after WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb tendered his resignation an effective date of Jan. 6.

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"Dave Ross has been an outstanding leader for our administration at the DSPS since 2011," Walker said Dec. 27. "Dave has always looked to improve the way government operates, and I am confident he will bring the same innovative, taxpayer-first approach to the DOT."

Prior to joining the administration, Ross served two terms as the mayor of the city of Superior and had been self-employed more than 20 years in an upholstery business. Ross said he looked forward "to hitting the ground running" as CEO of the transportation department, "and continuing to serve as a strong taxpayer advocate for Governor Walker in this new role."

The DOT leadership transition comes as state lawmakers have been considering how to fund transportation system needs.

Walker had named Gottlieb to the position in January 2011. The secretary also was the 2012-2013 president of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials. Before heading WisDOT Gottlieb had served in the state Assembly and been mayor of the city of Port Washington.

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