- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s new elections commission has appointed a new administrator to supervise state elections.

The commission approved hiring Michael Haas as its administrator. Haas currently works as the state Government Accountability Board’s Elections Division administrator. He now becomes Wisconsin’s top elections official.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a law last year eliminating the GAB on June 29 and replacing it with an elections commission and an ethics commission.

The GAB announced Haas’ appointment Friday. He’ll make $120,000, up from the $106,704 he currently earns.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said he didn’t know whether the commission considered anyone else. He said the panel discussed the appointment in closed sessions on Thursday and May 4. The panel voted to appoint Haas in open session Thursday.

The appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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