TOMMY G. THOMPSON
For Immediate Release - December 31, 1998
Contact: Darrin Schmitz (608) 266-9806
GOVERNOR NAMES DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR REGULATORY AGENCY
Madison - Gov. Tommy G. Thompson today named June Suhling, 62, as deputy secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Through occupational licensing boards, the Department safeguards the integrity of such diverse professionals as architects, surveyors, cosmetologists, funeral directors, real estate agents, nursing home administrators, physical therapists, pharmacists, nurses, and marriage counselors.
"For a dozen years, June Suhling has been my strong right hand in helping Wisconsins workers find the opportunities they need to succeed," Gov. Thompson said. "Now she will team with Secretary Marlene Cummings to assure that our regulated professions continue to meet the highest standards."
Suhling comes to her new challenge after an award-winning stint as administrator of the Division of Workforce Excellence, which she headed since 1987. At the governors direction, Suhling set up the nations first Job Centers, now numbering 78 across the state. Those efforts contributed to Wisconsins recognition by the National Alliance of Business as the State of the Year for employment and training in 1995.
Suhling kept the agency ahead of the technology curve by developing JobNet, the computerized self-service job matching system. The system allows employers to post job orders directly from their place of business. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded JobNet first place in the "Leading Tools and Technology" category for 1995; the well as the Computer World & Smithsonian Institute Award for Technology Innovation.
The appointee also developed the "Forward Award," a competitive statewide award to recognize businesses that invest in quality. Last year, her division launched the Business Resource Network, which located on one World Wide Web-site all of the governmental information most businesses need.
Suhling, formerly of Fond du Lac, resides in Madison.