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Former Walker aide Cindy Archer starts new job Monday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Cindy Archer – the former Walker aide who had her home in Madison raided two years ago – is starting a new job with the state Monday.

She’ll become the administrative services director for the Public Defender’s office.

Governor Scott Walker brought Archer with him to Madison, after she served as one of Walker’s top aides in the Milwaukee County executive’s office.

Most everyday Wisconsinites never heard of Archer until FBI agents and other law enforcement seized records from her home in 2011, as part of the John Doe investigation into Walker’s former Milwaukee County aides. Archer was never charged.

At the time, she suddenly resigned as the Number 2 official in the state Administration Department and later became a legislative liaison for the state Department of Children and Families. That used to be a civil service job until it recently became a politically-appointed position.

State Public Defender Kelli Thompson tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Archer won her new job through a civil service exam. She said nobody, including the governor’s office, pressured her into hiring Archer.