DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman resigns after Gov. Evers request

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 3:23 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman has resigned effective immediately Friday after a request from Gov. Tony Evers.

“People across our state are struggling to make ends meet, and it is unacceptable that Wisconsinites continue to wait for the support they need during these challenging times,” said Gov. Evers.

He acknowledged the unemployment system has received historic levels of claims in the past few months amid the COVID-19 pandemic and he provided additional staff resources to the DWD to help with this influx in claims.

“We have continued to add additional state resources to support the DWD, but it is clear that we must have change if we are going to address these problems to get folks their benefits faster,” the governor said.

Department of Corrections Secretary Amy Pechacek will be replacing Frostman until a new secretary is chosen.

Evers is confident that Pechacek has the skill set needed to make sure people across the state can get the resources they need.

The levels of unemployment claims so far during the COVID-19 pandemic have already far exceeded the Great Recession levels.

The governor noted that over 130 DWD employees were reassigned to the Unemployment Insurance Division, making more than 1,500 people now working in that divison.

This is a 250% increase from the 600 employees that were previously working in that division.

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