James MacGillis Will Lead Wauwatosa Police Department
MPD veteran taking top job in neighboring suburb.
The city’s Police & Fire Commission announced the selection Thursday afternoon. MacGillis’ first day on the job will be July 26th.
HIDTA is a federally-supported, multi-agency crimefighting effort in which both Milwaukee and Wauwatosa police departments participate.
MacGillis, during his time with MPD, rose to the rank of captain and served as director of training at the Milwaukee Police Academy.
“I am humbled and proud to have been selected to lead the Wauwatosa Police Department,” said MacGillis in a statement. “There are several opportunities to build police and community trust while keeping all citizens safe at the forefront of what we do as a profession and agency. I look forward to embracing both challenges and opportunities and working with internal and community stakeholders to keep Wauwatosa a safe and vibrant community for all.”
“The Police and Fire Commission is confident that James MacGillis will do an outstanding job as police chief, working with police department members, city officials, and community members to find innovative solutions to problems and improving police services for the City of Wauwatosa,” said Dominic Leone, Wauwatosa Police & Fire Commission president. “I want to thank the other volunteer Commission members and members of the community who participated in several steps of the hiring process.”
The new chief is a Wauwatosa native and graduate of Wauwatosa West High School. An army veteran, MacGillis has a master’s degree in administrative leadership from UW-Milwaukee.
The selection of MacGillis doesn’t add any clarity to Milwaukee’s chaotic police leadership problem.
While Salazar will still be in his current role next week, Norman might not.
A ruling from Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Foley will give demoted chief Alfonso Morales his job back on July 3rd if Morales doesn’t reach a settlement with the city. Morales, who moved to Pewaukee and is also suing the city in federal court, said through his attorney Frank Gimbel that he is ready and willing to return to the job.
Foley put the blame for the situation squarely on the actions of the Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission.
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