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Meet Director Preston D. Cole

Mr. Preston D. Cole was appointed by Mayor Cavalier Johnson and confirmed unanimously by the Milwaukee Common Council to serve as the Director of the Department of Administration (DOA). Prior to his appointment as Director of DOA, Preston served in Governor Tony Evers’ administration as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. In that role, Preston led over 3,000 employees engaged in Environment Management, Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife, Law Enforcement, and Legal Services.

Before Joining the State of Wisconsin, Mr. Cole held several appointed positions in Milwaukee City government, including Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood Services. He also served as the Director of Operations, Environmental Services Superintendent and City Forester for the Department of Public Works.

Mr. Cole was Parks Superintendent for the City of St. Louis and Resource Forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Preston is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife Management.

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