Madison – Today, Governor-Elect Scott Walker announced that Mike Grebe will serve as chairman of the transition team and John Hiller will be the transition director. Grebe and Hiller have begun working to assemble staff that will provide essential transition services, vet potential cabinet appointments, and map out a new structure for the State of Wisconsin's executive branch.
Mike Grebe currently serves as the CEO of the Bradley Foundation, co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Council, and chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
"I am honored by Governor-Elect Walker's appointment to lead the transition team,”"said Chairman Grebe. "On Tuesday, voters sent a clear message that the status quo in state government was unacceptable and our state needed a new direction. The first order of business is to lead by example. Over the next few weeks, I will work with Governor-Elect Walker to select leaders so we can chart a new direction for Wisconsin’s executive branch—one that is focused on job creation and balancing our state budget."
John Hiller worked with County Executive Walker to reform Milwaukee County government and has private-sector experience working as the President of Hiller Realty, Inc. He also currently serves on the Milwaukee World Festivals Inc. Board of Directors that runs Summerfest, is a former board member of the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin, and former chairman of the Federal Regulatory Fairness Commission.
"Restructuring the executive branch will require strong leaders, innovative ideas, and smart staff," said John Hiller. "We have already started to vet individuals who share Governor-Elect Walker's goal of revitalizing Wisconsin’s private-sector economy. As we continue to evaluate these candidates, we will begin working with legislative leaders to craft our next state budget and on a special session legislation focused on job-creation."
Governor-Elect Walker released the following statement regarding the announcement of his transition leaders:
In order to create an environment that allows the private sector to create 250,000 jobs, I need leaders who are focused on letting the world know Wisconsin is open for business and committed to tackling our state budget deficit. I am thrilled that Mike Grebe and John Hiller have stepped up to offer their services to the State of Wisconsin by helping me put an effective transition team in place to get Wisconsin working again.
Along with this leadership announcement, the transition team will be opening up an office on the 3rd floor of the Risser Justice Center located at 17 W. Main Street next week.