The Associated Press is reporting that Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Jason Johns has decided to resign.
Johns is an Iraq veteran and earned a Purple Heart. He has served as deputy secretary at WDVA since September 2011. Before that, he was a lobbyist in the Capitol.
His last day at the agency will be Friday. He said in a statement WDVA released Monday he has decided to focus on his family.
Agency Secretary John Scocos wrote in a memo to his staff Monday that Johns has decided to concentrate on caring for his son, William, who was born premature in April, his 3-year-old twin daughters and his wife. (Wisconsin State Journal archive photo by John Maniaci)
According to the WDVA website:Jason Johns was appointed by Secretary Scocos and serves as the Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as the chief legislative liaison as well as the head of public affairs and policy making.
Deputy Secretary Johns is a Purple Heart recipient and Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served and been wounded by enemy action there during his tour in 2003-04. He comes to the WDVA from the private sector where he represented his clients in the Wisconsin State Legislature as well as volunteering his time to act as a legislative officer for multiple veterans service organizations in the state.
Deputy Secretary Johns grew up in Louisburg, WI and has earned a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law as well as a B.A. in History from the University of Northern Iowa. After completing his education he practiced law in Washington, D.C. before returning home to Wisconsin, where he worked in the Capitol as well as on numerous political campaigns and then moving back in to the private sector.
Deputy Secretary Johns resides just outside of Madison in the Village of Oregon, where has been an active member of the community over the years serving on village committees, as President of the Chamber of Commerce, and multiple years as commander of his local VFW Post.