MADISON (WKOW) -- The head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has resigned.
Paul Jadin announced the decision to quit the quasi-public economic development agency Governor Scott Walker created last year on Thursday.
The decision came after questions were raised earlier this year about how Jadin and the agency handled an offer of tax breaks to a company also bidding on a multimillion dollar state contract.
On November 1, Jadin is leaving to become president of Thrive, an economic development partnership for an eight-county region in south-central Wisconsin.
Jadin, the former mayor of Green Bay, was appointed in January 2011 by Walker to serve as the head of the new agency. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation replaced the Department of Commerce.
Jadin says in a statement he's proud of the work done by the agency during the short time he was there.
Meanwhile, Governor Walker released a statement saying, "I would like to thank Paul for his service to our state and for the great job he has done helping transform the old Department of Commerce into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Under Paul's leadership, WEDC now has a strong foundation to build off of as it moves into the next phase of encouraging private sector job growth in Wisconsin. I asked the WEDC board to help conduct a nationwide search for a top-caliber CEO. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations made by the board in the near future."
The WEDC board will be seeking out applicants and interviewing individuals for the CEO position over the next few weeks. Interested individuals can apply here starting on Monday, September 24.
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