Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, July 15, 2016

Alumnus Bell named Ethics Commission administrator

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The Wisconsin Ethics Commission unanimously selected Brian Bell (MPA ’10) as its first administrator. Bell currently serves as a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Bell’s four-year appointment is subject to confirmation by the State Senate. He is expected to begin work July 25.

“Mr. Bell has solid qualifications to serve as Administrator,” Chairperson Peg Lautenschlager said in a news release from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB). “Moreover he has a lifelong commitment to public service that has guided his actions in his roles in state government and the military.”

Bell previously served as elections data manager and as an elections and ethics specialist for the nonpartisan GAB, which was replaced by the Ethics Commission. He is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, which he joined in 2000 at the age of 17.

“The combination of policy analysis and public management that I received at La Follette prepared me well for this new challenge.” Bell said. “I don’t think I would be where I am if I attended a school that emphasized one or the other.”

Originally from Sun Prairie, Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 2008 after serving in Iraq. He also served in Afghanistan and has received several military awards, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

“I am honored to be selected for this position and for the opportunity to serve the state of Wisconsin,” Bell said in the GAB news release. “I am grateful for the Commissioners confidence in my capabilities, and I am excited to serve with them in carrying out the Commission’s responsibilities.”