Because the job is politically appointed, Walker did not need to follow the normal hiring process required for the vast majority of employees under the civil service system. This gives a taste of what Rock County residents can expect now that they turned over their democratically elected coroner's office into a political appointment.
What others are saying...
Interesting that Republicans condemn Louis Butler's nomination because he lost an election for Supreme Court Justice but those same Republicans laud the appointment of a man who lost an election for county sheriff. -- Community Not War
I am a die hard Republican but REALLY a 68 year old appointed to lead the state patrol. I am in LAW ENFORCEMENT and there a lot of OLD TIMERS who just can't give it up. -- gogreenandgold
"I've got this thing and it's f---ing golden" -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
I think the appropriate question is this: Why is this a political appointment? -- letstrytobepolite
Why? Just ask the Rock County Board why they chose to wrest the voting rights away at the ballot box for a county office. It's for efficiency, accountability, professionalism, control and oh yeah, to take the partisanship out of the office.