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State worker who got salary boost is leaving position

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Valerie Cass Valerie Cass

MADISON (WKOW) -- A state worker with ties to Senator Randy Hopper who received a 35 percent salary boost when hired in February is leaving her position.

Department of Safety and Professional Services executive assistant John Murray told WKOW27 News communications specialist Valerie Cass will leave her job when the position's limited term appointment lapses later this month.   Murray was unable to provide an exact date.   State limited term employment is restricted to six months of full time employment.   

At the time of her hire,  Cass,  26,  was given an hourly rate equivalent to annual pay of $42,328.    Her predecessor's hourly pay was equivalent to annual pay of $31,200.   Officials defended the pay increase,  stating Cass' job duties had been expanded.

Sources have identified Cass as a woman in a relationship with Senator Hopper (R-Fond du Lac).   Hopper,  45 ,  is involved in a pending divorce.   Earlier this year,  Hopper's estranged wife stated Hopper lived primarily in Madison and was involved in an affair with a unnamed woman of Cass' age.     Hopper bought a home near Fond du Lac last month,  after previously living in an apartment on the property of one of the employees of a radio station Hopper owns,  to satisfy senate district residency requirements.

Murray said he was unaware of Cass' future employment plans.   A Department of Administration spokesperson has yet to respond to a request for comment on whether Cass has secured new state employment.

Cass has also been unavailable for comment.

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