November 22nd, 2022 

Contact: Sen. Cowles: (608) 266-0484 / Rep. Kitchens: (608) 266-5350 

Thanks Sec. Preston Cole for Service to Wisconsin 

MADISON– Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), both of which are chairmen of their houses’ natural resources/environment committee, released the following statement in response to the news that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Preston Cole will be retiring effective tomorrow (Wednesday, November 23rd): 

“We want to thank Secretary Cole for his more than a decade of service to the State of Wisconsin as a member on the Natural Resources Board and as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. We had the pleasure to work with him on a number of issues over the years, and his willingness to approach many issues outside of partisan politics was always appreciated. His dedication towards bettering the state’s environmental and public lands was well recognized, and he leaves big shoes to fill for those looking to find a suitable replacement for this important job. We wish Secretary Cole all is best in the next chapter of his life.”