Sue Black never shied from the spotlight or a political scrum in Wisconsin, which earned her big jobs, first running the state parks, then the Milwaukee County parks. She eventually got fired from both gigs. In 2015, she landed a new job running Arizona’s parks, bringing with her many Wisconsin allies.
Now, she’s reportedly up for a bigger job in the Department of the Interior under President-elect Donald Trump. Given her high-level experience, she could seem a logical pick for Interior secretary. But Arizona’s ex-governor, Jan Brewer, is reportedly on the shortlist for that job – a pick that would continue Trump’s ongoing “unqualified is the new qualified” mantra when it comes to who should run federal agencies.
If indeed Black lands in Interior, it’s a role she has long envisioned for herself. In our 2007 profile of her, it closes with a not-subtle hint at future ambitions: “Would she like to be director of the National Park Service? ‘Actually,’ Black laughs, ‘I’d want to be Secretary of the Interior.’”
For more on Black, see our 2013 story about her short-lived, controversial tenure as owner of the Milwaukee Wave soccer team.