Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 1, 2015
As we are experiencing some of the most violent times in Milwaukee neighborhoods this year, it is troubling to me that there is no discussion on the upcoming renewal of Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn’s contract with the City of Milwaukee’s Police Department. As we have required Fire and Police Commissioner candidates to attend public hearings prior to their appointment, it is disappointing that the Mayor is not requiring Chief Flynn to attend a public hearing or two on his appointment and job performance in our city (in the community and outside of the Fire and Police Commission).
There have been critical issues regarding the MPD and it is only fitting that Chief Flynn attend a public meeting with the community to engage them in a dialogue of accomplishments and concerns — not only from his perspective, but also to allow community members to express their perspective. I am also very concerned that there is currently no Executive Director for the Fire and Police Commission and therefore no permanent administrator in place to oversee the vital task of making sure the Commission is truly a citizen’s board.
I am calling on the Fire and Police Commission to delay the Chief’s contract renewal until the public has a chance to address the Chief in an open and public forum.
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