Ald. Chantia Lewis
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Council committee recommends decorated military veteran for top city security and emergency management post

Statement of Alderwoman Chantia Lewis October 24, 2019

By - Oct 24th, 2019 12:13 pm

Today my colleagues and I on the Public Safety and Health Committee recommended for approval the appointment of Kyle Mirehouse to be the city’s new Director of Emergency Management and Communications. The full Common Council will vote on the Mayor’s appointment of Mr. Mirehouse at the November 5th Council meeting.

We are very fortunate to have Mr. Mirehouse as the appointee for this critically important position overseeing all major homeland security and crisis management issues in the City of Milwaukee.

Mr. Mirehouse is a decorated military veteran who proudly served for five years active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps platoon commander during combat deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and he still serves today in a reserve role.

He served as Emergency Management Coordinator for Milwaukee County between 2015 and 2019, and most recently as the Director – Crisis Management Operations for Black Swan Solutions (part of Empathia, Inc., Waukesha).

Mr. Mirehouse is a security and training expert who also specializes in crisis management and response, and holds a master’s degree from American Military University in homeland security and emergency management – public health.

Mr. Mirehouse has exemplified selfless service and sacrifice to us and to our nation as a decorated Marine and leader, and as a veteran I am very proud to have had the opportunity to interview him and to recommend approval of his appointment.

I look forward to his distinguished service to our great city!

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One thought on “Council committee recommends decorated military veteran for top city security and emergency management post”

  1. Mary says:

    Now showing at the Milwaukee film festival,

    the documentary film maker Judith Helfand interviews Brigadier General (Retired) John W. Heltzel “about disaster preparedness …”

    “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code,” based on Eric Klineberg’s book “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.” (Kartemquin Films)..


    I highly recommend the film to the general public and especially to all of our elected officials. Thanks to Marquette U. (and other sponsors) for sponsoring it.

    Cooked: Survival By Zip Code



    Select a showtime for 10/26/2019
    4:00 p.m. At the Times Cinema

    1 Hr. 16 Min.

    Screening Format: DCP
    Visit Website

    Sponsored by: Marquette University

    “It’s widely known that extreme weather conditions disproportionately harm people in lower-income areas, but it’s chilling to see the laser precision with which this happens. In examining the 1995 Chicago heat disaster, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand looks at exactly why and how a ZIP code can turn into a death sentence in a major Midwestern city…..”

    The film maker asks that the word “disaster” be re-defined…….

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