Wisconsin dept. to provide back pay for Walker security team

August 31, 2015

MADISON The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says it will provide back pay for State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials.

WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1N1j1MN ) reports the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring WISDOT to award overtime pay dating to May 19, 2013, to nine State Patrol officers.

Those officers make up Wisconsin's Dignitary Protection Unit, which provides security for Walker 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That includes the Republican's protection on the presidential campaign trail. Since the State Patrol is a division of the state Transportation Department, the officers are paid out of that agency's budget.

WISDOT spokeswoman Peg Schmitt told The Associated Press in an email Saturday that the agency is providing back pay. She did not have an estimate.


Associated Press