Gov. Evers hires former Beloit school district official

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily NewsSchool District of Beloit Interim Superintendent Darrell Williams greets Alan Borsuk, a senior fellow at Marquette Law School, columnist and former reporter and editor for the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Borsuk spoke to teachers at Beloit Memorial High School on Friday as part of their professional development. He gave an overview of the state of education and education policy making in Wisconsin.

MADISON - Governor Tony Evers announced today the appointment of former School District of Beloit Assistant Superintendent Darrell Williams to the post of administrator of the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs.

Williams is expected to begin work in his new state job on July 15. Williams retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of major after serving for 29 years, and has received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Humanitarian Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

"Dr. Williams' years of distinguished military service, coupled with his outstanding career in the Wisconsin public education system, make me confident that he will serve well in this position," Evers said.

The Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs coordinates disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments. Programs include Hazard Mitigation, Warning and Communications, Emergency Police and Fire Services, Disaster Response and Recovery, Hazardous Materials & EPCRA, and Radiological Emergency Preparedness.

Williams resigned from the School District of Beloit on June 25. Under his resignation deal Williams will be paid by the district through the end of 2019 and is eligible for district-paid health insurance during that period.

Williams served as assistant superintendent of administration, operations and equity for the School District of Beloit. He also served as interim superintendent after former Superintendent Tom Johnson had to leave his position. He has also served as a Turn Around Principal for Washington High School and Casimir Pulaski High School in Milwaukee and received his doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Williams' time with the Beloit district was rocky at times. At one point Williams made the assertion that the board of education treated minorities unfairly. The board hired an outside firm to investigate his assertion and determined it to be unfounded.

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