(Madison) Governor Scott Walker appointed a new Department of Corrections secretary Wednesday. Governor Scott Walker announced in a news release that DOC Deputy Secretary Cathy Jess will take over the top position from Jon Litscher next month. Walker says Jess is an experienced leader with a strong background and gave his appreciation for Litcher’s service. Litscher had served as the interim superintendent at the Cambria-Friesland School District as well as the Beaver Dam common council president. Litscher says he is thankful to the Department employees for the privilege of serving as secretary for the past two years. The Beaver Dam native added that he is proud of what has been accomplished during this time, including the transformation of juvenile corrections in Wisconsin, addition of mental health services and vocational training that have benefitted staff. Jess’ first day as DOC secretary will be June 11.