A state agency head in Gov. Scott Walker's administration late last year gave the wife of a Republican Party official a political appointment and a $27,000 raise.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday (http://tiny.cc/2fv9z ) that no other applicants were considered before Angela Herl was appointed to take over a state division with 40 employees that processes professional credentials.
She is married to Mike Herl, chairman of the Dane County Republican Party. She received a 49 percent pay increase with the appointment to earn $81,265.
Dave Ross, Walker's secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, tells the Journal Sentinel that he hired Angela Herl on merit alone. Walker's spokesman says the governor's office was not consulted about the appointment.
Democrats criticized the move, saying the appointment raises questions about cronyism.