- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has chosen an official from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration as its new executive secretary.

The board, made up of Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette and Republican state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, voted 2-0 Wednesday to hire Jonathan Barry. Adamczyk abstained. According to a recording of the meeting, Adamczyk said he didn’t know enough about Barry and whether he would be willing to implement reforms.

Barry is the deputy secretary of the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. He also has served as the Department of Workforce Development’s deputy secretary.

He replaces Tia Nelson, daughter of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. She resigned in July after feuding with Adamczyk over her on-the-job efforts to combat climate change.

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