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Nilsestuen Names New Deputy Secretary

Arts to serve as special assistant.

Agriculture Secretary Rod Nilsestuen named Randy Romanski to be deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Romanski was serving as the executive assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Nilsestuen also named Jim Arts to serve as special assistant to the secretary. Arts has served as DATCP's deputy secretary for the past year.

"Randy Romanski brings a wealth of broad government and senior administrative experience," Nilsestuen says. "I have worked closely with Randy over the years and am confident he will serve DATCP and Wisconsin's agricultural, rural and consumer communities well. He's an excellent fit at DATCP."

Romanski has served as deputy chief of staff for Governor Jim Doyle; executive assistant for the Department of Transportation; and spokesperson and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He also has strong experience in the state legislature, having held staff positions in both the Senate and the Assembly, working directly on agricultural, rural affairs and natural resources issues.

Romanski is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has a master's degree in public administration from the UW-Madison's Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Arts has a long record of work at the state and local government level in Wisconsin on issues related to agriculture, soil and water conservation, land use, cooperative development, and the environment. Prior to joining the department as deputy secretary, he held a joint appointment with UW- Extension and DATCP on the Working Lands Initiative and other activities related to rural land use. He holds a master's degree in public administration and law degree from the UW-Madison.

"This new assignment will free Jim of some of the demands of day to day agency management to focus on key policy areas critical to the future of farming and rural Wisconsin," Nilsestuen says. "I look forward to working with Jim in his new capacity."

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