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More shake ups at WEDC, as agency tries to fix missteps


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A retired head of Wisconsin’s largest private medical group will try to fix some of the problems in the state government’s job creation agency.

Former Marshfield Clinic executive director and general counsel Reed Hall was named by Governor Scott Walker Friday as the interim director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

The move comes a day after reports surfaced that the agency never monitored tax-funded job creation loans – and over $8-million of those loans are late in being paid back.

The governor says Hall will serve for 2-to-3 months, until a permanent director can be found to replace Paul Jadin.

Jadin is leaving at the end of the month to run a regional economic development agency in the Madison area.

There were reports that Walker wanted to have his former staff official Ryan Murray be the interim director. But instead, Murray remains the chief operating officer and Hall’s top assistant for now.

Walker also said the agency’s chief financial officer, Mike Klonsinski, resigned Thursday in the wake of the loan snafu.

Murray told the corporation’s board Friday that his staff members had no idea what the status was for the tax-funded loans in question. He said it was a duty that was not transferred from the former state Commerce Department, when it became a quasi-public agency last summer.

During its short tenure, the Economic Development Corporation has helped numerous businesses locate and expand in Wisconsin. But it’s also been mired in controversies which included funding a business if it had won a state education contract – and improperly handing federal block grant funds.

Hall was a top attorney and leader at the Marshfield Clinic for two dozen years before he retired in 2010. His first day in the economic development agency will be November second.