MADISON — Former Racine Mayor John Dickert is returning to public service, this time as state and local finance division administrator under Peter Barca, secretary-designee for the Department of Revenue.

Barca’s office made the announcement about the appointment on Wednesday, and Dickert’s role will be effective Monday.

Barca said his decision to appoint Dickert was based on his time as a three-term mayor of Racine, “along with his experience in residential and commercial real estate, which provides him with a unique perspective for this position.”

“His keen understanding of local government and the issues facing local government officials will help us to better serve their needs and, more importantly, their citizens,” Barca said.

“With more than 30 years in both the public and private sectors, John’s broad-based executive and managerial experience will be of great value to our department.

“Some of the most effective administrators of the state and local finance division were former mayors.”

When Barca served in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First District from 1993-95, Dickert served as his district director.