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Governor Scott Walker 

Economic Impact Report


Governor Scott Walker signed the 2011-13 state budget, creating the new Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) – formed by combining the Department of Regulation and Licensing and parts of the Department of Commerce.

The Department of Safety and Professional Services is responsible for ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals in Wisconsin. The department also administers and enforces laws to assure safe and sanitary conditions in public and private buildings. It provides administrative services to the state occupational regulatory authorities responsible for regulation of occupations and offers policy assistance in such areas as evaluating and establishing new professional licensing programs, creating routine procedures for legal proceedings, and adjusting policies in response to public needs.

The Department is organized into five divisions and the Office of the Secretary. The divisions are Policy Development, Management Services, Legal Services & Compliance, Credential Processing, and Industry Services.

The Department licenses and regulates more than 200 different types of credentials. The agency also provides centralized administrative services to nearly 100 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The boards, councils, and advisory committees have varying levels of responsibility and professional oversight based on statutory provisions. 

Click here to view the DSPS Economic Footprint report and learn more about how the Department effects business and economic growth in Wisconsin.






Acting Secretary
Eric Esser



Eric Esser was appointed Acting Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services in January 2017.


Eric is originally from Waunakee, WI and graduated from Edgewood College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.


Eric previously served as Deputy Secretary of the department.  Prior to joining the Department of Safety and Professional Services, Eric worked in the offices of State Senator Alan Lasee from 2005-2011 and State Senator Alberta Darling from 2004-2005. He also served on the Waunakee Community School District Board of Education from 2008-2011. Eric served as the Director of Gubernatorial Appointments in the Office of Governor Scott Walker from 2011-2015.



Assistant Deputy Secretary
Jeff Weigand


Jeff Weigand was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services in January 2016.


A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Jeff grew up the son of a Carpenter where he developed a fond appreciation for the construction industry.  Besides spending time with his wife and son, he thoroughly enjoys remodeling his home and working on other woodworking projects. 


Jeff has worked at DSPS in numerous capacities since 2012.  Prior to joining DSPS, he worked for three years at the State Capitol as a Legislative Aide to Senator Glenn Grothman and Senator Joe Leibham.