Governor Scott Walker on Dec. 27 announced that Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Secretary Dave Ross will serve as the next secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb offered his resignation to the governor with an effective date of Jan. 6, 2017.
"Dave Ross has been an outstanding leader for our administration at the DSPS since 2011," Walker said. "Dave has always looked to improve the way government operates, and I am confident he will bring the same innovative, taxpayer-first approach to the DOT."
Prior to joining the administration, Ross served two terms as the mayor of the City of Superior and was self-employed for more than 20 years in an upholstery business. In 2010, Ross was a candidate for lieutenant governor when Rebecca Kleefisch won the Republican primary election, then was appointed Secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing in December 2010 before the department was eliminated.
Born and raised in Superior, Ross received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
"I thank Governor Walker for placing his trust in me to run the DOT," Ross said. "I look forward to hitting the ground running and continuing to serve as a strong taxpayer advocate for Governor Walker in this new role."
Ross will begin his new duties at the DOT on Jan. 7, 2017.