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Walker says he's waiting on timeline for replacing Rhoades

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Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 1:59 PM CDT
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WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to wait until after the funeral for Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades to talk about a timeline for naming a successor.

Walker said Tuesday he didn't want to talk about it until after Rhoades' funeral on Thursday. She died on Saturday after a brief bout with pneumonia. She was 65.

Walker has tapped the department's deputy secretary, Tom Engels, to serve as interim secretary until a replacement is found.

Rhoades' visitation is set for Wednesday, with a funeral to follow on Thursday in Hudson.

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