Another Council Committee Opposes Wilson
Majority of council opposes Ann Wilson's reappointment to Fire & Police Commission.
She’s the first commissioner to go before the council for reappointment after the citizen-led commission voted unanimously to demote police chief Alfonso Morales in August.
Wilson, 73, has served on the commission since 2013. Her term expired in 2018, during a period when she lived outside of the city, but she continued to serve. Mayor Tom Barrett moved to reappoint her in December.
After multiple meetings, the Public Safety & Health Committee voted to reject her reappointment in January.
Common Council President Cavalier Johnson requested a report from the Inspector General on a conflict between Wilson’s testimony and that of the City Attorney on when and if guidance on the Morales vote was issued. The report sided with the City Attorney.
“The only thing I would like to say, is that all the things that have been said, some are true, some are not, we have been through all of that, but I would like to serve again,” said Wilson on Monday during an appearance before the Steering & Rules Committee.
The committee voted 5-3 to recommend to the full 15-member council to reject her reappointment. Johnson, Michael Murphy, Robert Bauman, Jose G. Perez and Marina Dimitrijevic voted for the rejection. Council members Ashanti Hamilton, Milele A. Coggs and Khalif Rainey voted for her reappointment.
Three other council members, Chantia Lewis, Scott Spiker and Mark Borkowski, have already voted against her reappointment or told Urban Milwaukee they intend to, giving the council the necessary eight votes for a rejection. Rainey previously voted against Wilson’s reappointment, but voted to back her Monday.
“She has been one of the most open and transparent members of the commission,” said Hamilton, praising her commitment to serve. He was backed by Coggs.
Dimitrijevic also praised Wilson as an individual, and for her work as manager of the Hillside Terrace Resource Center for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. But she said she wanted to move in a different direction.
Barrett told Urban Milwaukee in December he judges each of the commissioners differently. In January he said his office remained committed to getting Wilson reappointed.
Whether Wilson’s reappointment is rejected or not, she would continue to serve until she either resigns or a replacement is confirmed.
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