Fired Wisconsin agriculture secretary gets new job within Evers' administration

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin agriculture secretary fired by the Republican-controlled state Senate has a new job, still within Gov. Tony Evers' administration.

Brad Pfaff has been hired as the director of business and rural development for the state Department of Administration. The announcement Monday comes less than a week after his confirmation as agriculture secretary was rejected. Republicans were upset with comments he made critical of them not quickly releasing funding for farmer mental health services.

In his new job, Plaff will be paid $120,910. The position is new and will have expanded responsibilities compared with the previous director of business development, whose salary was $86,736.

The statement announcing his hiring says his experience supporting and advocating for Wisconsin small businesses and rural communities will be used to help grow the state's economy.

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