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Top Wisc. state trooper takes civil service post

Career state workers who accept political jobs generally are guaranteed a chance to return to the civil service system

By Patrick Marley
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Madison — The State Patrol's top political appointee will find safe harbor in a job as a major with the patrol because of a series of steps taken as long as seven years ago and as recently as last month.

In 2003, Patrol Superintendent David Collins, who leads state troopers, was given a civil service job for two days as a major. Briefly holding that position guaranteed he had a job when he loses his political position, as is expected to happen when Republican Scott Walker is sworn in as governor Jan 3. Last month, state officials shifted the duties for a public safety communications job from a nonuniformed manager to a State Patrol major, according to a Department of Transportation memo released to the Journal Sentinel under the state's open records law. The job will go to Collins, said Cari Anne Renlund, the top aide to Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi.

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