Thursday, February 22nd

Kurt Thiede, deputy secretary of the DNR, who was named on Monday to become chief of staff for Cathy Stepp, the new regional administrator of the EPA in Chicago. (Photo: DNR)

A second top state official at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is moving to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in Chicago — an agency that oversees federal regulatory issues in the Midwest, including Wisconsin.

Related: Former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to take charge of EPA's Midwest regional office

Kurt Thiede, deputy secretary of the DNR, is joining the EPA as chief of staff for Cathy Stepp, the recently appointed regional administrator of the environmental enforcement agency.

Thiede was appointed deputy DNR secretary in March 2015 by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and has worked at the state agency since 1999 in a variety of positions. He told fellow employees in a memo on Monday that one of his goals had been to change the perception that the DNR was a regulatory agency to be feared.