Leadership


Executive Staff


Dawn B. Crim, Secretary

Dawn B. Crim was appointed by Governor Evers in January 2019 as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. In addition, she serves as a member of the Edgewood Board of Trustees and Madison Foundation Board of Trustees. She most recently served as Assistant State Superintendent for Student and School Success at the Department of Public Instruction. 

Secretary Crim has demonstrated effective leadership and extensive managerial skills throughout her career. She has over 25 years of education experience, coupled with extensive community engagement. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean for External Relations at UW-Madison and President of the Madison Network of Black Professionals. She has been recognized for several awards, most notably the 2017 Penn State University School of Education Leadership and Service Award, as well as in Wisconsin with the 2017 Jefferson Award, 2017 United Way Community Volunteer Award, and 2016 Urban League of Greater Madison Impact Award. 

Secretary Crim is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UW-Madison. She earned an M.Ed. degree in Education Counseling from Penn State University and a B.A. degree in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia.



Nia Trammell, Deputy Secretary

Nia Trammell was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services in January 2019. She serves as the chief operating officer for the agency, providing managerial oversight across the agency's divisions. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining state service, she worked as a litigation attorney in the private sector. She most recently served as the Senior Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Worker's Compensation Hearings with the State of Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals, where she adjudicated cases, trained judges and provided operational leadership support.  

Deputy Secretary Trammell has been engaged as a Commissioner on the City of Madison's Police and Fire Commission and its Equal Opportunities Commission, and on the Board of the Urban League of Greater Madison.



Dan Hereth, Assistant Deputy Secretary

Dan Hereth was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services in January 2019. He serves as the chief of staff for the Secretary, managing external affairs for the agency including media, legislative, and external stakeholders. Additionally, he serves as the liaison with the governor's staff and other agencies. Before holding this position, he served as the Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Gwen Moore since 2007.  

Hereth is a Watertown, WI native and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Minor in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.