State Patrol rescinding pay raises for officers who provided security to Governor Walker

MADISON — The Wisconsin State Patrol is rescinding pay raises for officers who provide security to Governor Scott Walker after federal regulators said they are due overtime pay dating back to May 2013.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Peg Schmitt said Tuesday, September 1st the $4-an-hour raises given the officers in February will be withdrawn.

Schmitt says the size of the unit is also being cut from nine officers to five starting on September 20.

Officers in the Dignitary Protection Unit provide protection to Walker around the clock, including when he is outside of Wisconsin running for president. They also protect Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and visiting dignitaries.

The raises that took effect in February had increased salaries for most members of the unit from around $32 an hour to about $36 an hour.