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Scott Walker names new agency commissioner, chief of staff

Gov. Scott Walker's former chief of staff Eric Schutt (left) is returning to that role as his current chief of staff takes a job with the Public Service Commission.

Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday his current chief of staff is moving to an open seat on the Public Service Commission and his former chief of staff will be returning to his former role in the governor’s office.

Walker has appointed Rich Zipperer, who has served as his chief of staff since September 2015, to the Public Service Commission to take a spot vacated by Ellen Nowak, who was recently named secretary of administration.

Replacing Zipperer will be Eric Schutt, who left the chief of staff role in September 2015 and took a job as senior vice president of external affairs for UnitedHealth Group.

Schutt’s first stint as Walker’s top office administrator began in September 2011 when his salary was $112,000. He previously served as deputy chief of staff and before that served as a legislative aide and lobbyist for UnitedHealth Group. His new salary as chief of staff will be $135,000.

Zipperer previously served in the state Senate and Assembly. In 2012 he began working in Walker’s office where his salary is $113,818. At the PSC his salary will be $129,001.

Zipperer will begin his new job on March 26. Schutt will begin his job on April 2.


Matthew DeFour covers state government and politics for the Wisconsin State Journal.