Office skirts selection panel to hire Walker aide

CREATED Jul 4, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker who landed a new state job with a hefty raise didn't apply for the job, nor was she a finalist.

Even so, Cindy Archer was named the State Public Defender Board's new chief information officer in September. She'll make more than $113,000, or 31 percent more than her predecessor.
   
Department spokesman Randy Kraft tells the Wisconsin State Journal the hiring decision reflects Archer's "hands-on knowledge and experience."
   
Archer was one of Walker's top aides when he served as Milwaukee County executive. FBI agents raided her home in 2011 as part of a probe into illegal campaign work in Walker's county office.
   
She and other staffers traded messages on a private system designed to evade state open-records laws. She wasn't charged with wrongdoing.