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Milwaukee public works official Cole named as chair of state Natural Resources Board


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee public works official is the new chairman of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.

The seven-member panel has elected Preston Cole to replace Dave Clausen of Amery.

The 51-year-old Cole is the operations director for the Milwaukee Public Works Department. He has also served as Milwaukee’s city forester and environmental services superintendent.

Cole was appointed to the board in 2007 by former Governor Jim Doyle. His six-year term is up this year, and Governor Scott Walker will either re-appoint him or name somebody new.

Cole says the board is working with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to re-shape the DNR as a less bureaucratic agency.

The department is in the midst of reviewing 3,700 pages of administrative rules, and Cole says the goal is to keep protecting the environment and public health without putting a heavy burden on small businesses.