Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp is taking a new job with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Governor Scott Walker released a statement Tuesday morning. Stepp, who used to live in Yorkville, took the job with the DNR in 2011. She was appointed to be the deputy administrator for Region 7 for the EPA, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.

Walker released the following statement:

“Cathy is a strong, trusted reformer who will serve the country well at the EPA. As DNR secretary since 2011, she has led an outstanding workforce committed to preserving and promoting our natural resources while placing a strong focus on customer service and common sense. We will miss her optimism and energy at the DNR, and we wish her success in her new role.”

Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede will serve as interim secretary effective August 31.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.