Walker Announces Staff Changes

At the end of August, Governor Scott Walker announced several staff changes, including naming a new chief of staff.

As reported in our last edition of Tidbits, it was announced that Walker’s chief counsel Brian Hagedorn was appointed Court of Appeals Judge for District II. Another big departure is Chief of Staff Eric Schutt, who will leave on September 3 to “pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family.” Schutt has been Walker’s chief of staff since 2011.

Walker appointed Rich Zipperer as his new chief. Zipperer has been Deputy Chief of Staff in the governor’s office since 2012. Zipperer served in the state legislature as a representative and senator from 2007 to 2012.

In addition, Walker announced other staff restructuring and title changes:  

  • Jocelyn Webster, previously the Communications Director in the governor’s office, will be Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.
  • Cindy Polzin, previously Senior Director of Legislative and Local Governmental Affairs in the governor’s office, will be Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.
  • Matt Moroney, who joined the governor’s office just seven months ago to help move the agency mergers along in the budget, will now be Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
  • Katie Ignatowski, previously Deputy Legal Counsel in the governor’s office, will replace Brian Hagedorn as Walker’s Chief Legal Counsel.

All new positions are in affect at this time, except for Katie Ignatowski, who will take over as Chief Legal Counsel sometime this fall.