DSPS Secretary of State Dawn Crim Leaves Tony Evers Administration | local government

Dawn Crim, who was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to head the Department of State Security and Professional Services more than three years ago, will step down on August 1.

Evers announced Crim’s upcoming departure on Friday and praised his efforts to redesign the state’s building plan review process to expedite licensing and updates to commercial building and plumbing codes. The DSPS processes state professional license applications.

“Even before joining my firm, I knew Dawn as an exceptional leader, and have long considered her a great friend,” Evers said in a statement. “There’s no challenge she hasn’t wanted to take on and work to solve, including through the many challenges we’ve faced together over the past three years.”

DSPS has become the point of criticism from some Republican lawmakers in recent years for delays in the state licensing process. At the same time, DSPS officials said staffing shortages and outdated equipment within the department, along with insufficient state funding from the Republican-led Legislature, exacerbated the delays.

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“Over the past three and a half years, I have focused on modernizing our agency, integrating our systems and people, and securing the resources we need to work effectively across all of our divisions,” Crim said in a statement. “After more than a decade of operating with disparate processes and policies, DSPS is now a unified agency focused on security and supporting the economy.”

Crim will be replaced by Dan Hereth, who currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary at DSPS. Hereth, a Watertown native, joined the department in early 2019 after working as an assistant district manager for U.S. Representative Gwen Moore for more than 10 years.

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