Emails: Walker Administration Knew Key WEDC and DOA Officials Were Incompetent When Appointed | WisCommunity

Emails: Walker Administration Knew Key WEDC and DOA Officials Were Incompetent When Appointed

In an October 2010 email from Scott Walker's campaign manager, Keith Gilkes, to Kelly Rindfleish, Gilkes praised then Milwaukee Health and Human Services Director Geri Lyday, saying, "I feel like she is getting more done in a couple of months than what Corey Hoze and Lisa Marks couldn’t get done at all."

Corey Hoze and Lisa Marks were the previous directors of Milwaukee HHS and were central figugres in the sexual assault scandal at Milwaukee County Mental Health (MCMH) Complex.  The two faced criticism for many of the decisions that led up to the sexual assaults, with the  that neither Hoze or Marks had mental health or hospital adminstration backgrounds before Walker appointed them to lead the HHS.

Despite calling Hoze and Marks incompetant, however, Gilkes as Governor Walker's Chief of Staff, appointed Hoze to the board that oversees the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Marks as Administrator to the DOA's .

In the , Walker described Hoze as "exceptionally qualified."

Since its inception, the newly created WEDC, for which Hoze , has been for gross mismanagement. WISN that a "blistering" audit of WEDC by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said, "Gov. Scott Walker's premier job creation agency repeatedly broke state law in its first year of operation, failed to adequately track money it awarded for economic development projects and sometimes gave money to ineligible recipients."

Meanwhile, Marks' tenure as Administrator for the Division of Housing has also been met with criticisms of mismanagement.  As head of the Housing Department, Marks oversees several of Wisconsin bureaus, including the Bureau of Community Devolopment.  This would be the same Bureau of Community Development that was given a by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for mismanagement of 11 of 20 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) it was in charge of doling out. 

 

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March 9, 2014 - 11:20am

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