FPC asked to halt process to hire new Police Chief
In a letter sent today to all members of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners and to City Attorney Tearman Spencer, seven members of the Common Council have called for a temporary halt to the process underway to hire Milwaukee’s next Police Chief.
The letter (attached) cites several factors, including the reported internal dysfunction affecting the Fire and Police Commission and the departures last week of the FPC’s executive director (Griselda Aldrete) and her chief of staff.
We wonder who is preparing promotional lists? Who is monitoring the A.C.L.U. settlement? Who is ensuring that our hiring and promotional processes are as inclusive as this community needs and demands? And who is monitoring the complaints of citizens at a time where police-community relations appear to be at low ebb?
The chief you select will be faced with immense challenges. He or she must have the strong support of the community. He or she should not be selected under a deep cloud of uncertainty like that presently hanging over the Commission. There is senior leadership within the Police Department sufficient to manage a brief pause in the process made in the interest of the public good.”
The FPC has announced plans to have its three finalist candidates discuss issues and answer questions during two virtual community meetings, including one this Saturday (November 7th).
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