Gov. Walker: Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manny Perez to return to the private sector

Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303

Madison– Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manny Perez has decided to re-enter the private sector to take advantage of Wisconsin’s and the nation’s growing economy. Current Deputy Secretary Scott Baumbach will take over as Interim Secretary.

“I appreciate Secretary Perez’s willingness to serve Wisconsin,” said Governor Walker. “The Department of Workforce Development is vital to our mission of creating 250,000 jobs over the next four years. Already we have made important strides; in our first few months in office we have seen more than 24,000 private sector jobs created, including more than 11,000 manufacturing jobs. Recently, CEO magazine recognized Wisconsin as having the most improved business climate in the nation. We’ll work diligently to make sure that DWD’s leadership team continues to be able to help our economy grow.”

“I want to thank Governor Walker for the opportunity to serve Wisconsin for the last four and a half months,” said Secretary Perez. “We’ve made great strides in promoting our state’s top-notch workforce and improving the Department of Workforce Development. As I move back to the private sector, I look forward to watching Wisconsin’s economy continue to grow and create jobs.”