DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski appointed Paul Dietmann as Deputy Secretary. Dietmann, the director of DATCP's Wisconsin Farm Center, began his duties immediately.
"Paul's work ethic and his commitment to service will serve him, the agency and the people of Wisconsin well," Secretary Romanski said. "He brings great energy to everything he does, and he is an important part of the team here at DATCP."
Dietmann succeeds former Deputy Secretary Romanski, who was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to his current position after the death of Secretary Rod Nilsestuen.
"It is an honor to take on this important role, and I will work hard to continue the great tradition of leadership at the department committed to serving the people of Wisconsin," Dietmann said. "I look forward to working with Secretary Romanski and the DATCP executive staff to help carry out the legacy of Rod Nilsestuen."
At the Farm Center, Dietmann and his team have provided critical services to those in need in rural Wisconsin while also working to grow the next generation of farmers. In addition to his tenure at the Farm Center, Paul has served nearly 11 years as a University of Wisconsin-Extension Agricultural Agent and Department Head in Sauk County, and was a tenured Associate Professor in the UW-Extension Department of Agriculture/Agribusiness. In 2004, Paul was selected as the national winner of the Excellence in Farm and Ranch Financial Management Award presented by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Paul received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul lives in Prairie du Sac with his wife, Julie, and three children: Elise, James and John.