Ald. Milele Coggs
Press Release

Silence is Complicity – If You See Something, Please Say Something

We will soon move to prohibit any city work rule that would punish or prohibit whistleblowing.

By - Feb 2nd, 2018 09:03 am

For four hours earlier this week, I and my colleagues on the Steering and Rules Committee took testimony and asked questions about the evident mismanagement of the Milwaukee Health Department and its failure to properly notify the families of children found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood.

We discussed work rules, procedures, testing protocols, and, it seemed, everything else under the sun.

In my mind, I kept coming back to the children.

These children probably do not know my name or anyone else’s involved in this terrible situation. They do not know the difference between the different types of blood tests used or the different levels of exposure. They are just children who want what my own children and everyone else’s want – a chance.

And that is what makes the culture of “see nothing/say nothing” that seems to have been fostered at the Health Department so dangerous.

The city has tried to afford “whistleblowers” protection from retaliation and has tried to provide a path for those who want to come forward with their concerns. Consider the following resources:

We will soon move to prohibit any city work rule that would punish or prohibit whistleblowing.

None of these will be effective if unused. Silence is too often complicity and, if we have learned nothing else from this situation, it can have awful consequences.

Please: See something, say something.

More about the Lead Crisis

Read more about Lead Crisis here

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Ald. Milele Coggs

Ald. Milele Coggs

Public comment wanted for Mayor’s cabinet-level appointees

City Block Grant Director, Executive Director of Fire and Police Commission first appointees to be discussed

Ald. Milele Coggs

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us