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3 finalists for Milwaukee's top cop announced

Posted at 4:05 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 23:27:17-04

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has announced the three finalists in its search for the city's next police chief.

The finalists are Malik Aziz, Chris Davis and Hoyt Mahaley.

Malik Aziz is a former Dallas Police Major and is currently the National Chair and Executive Director of the National Black Police Association and an instructor in Criminal Justice Police Leadership at DeSales University.

Chris Davis is the Deputy Chief for the Portland Police Bureau and former Assistant Chief of operations, where he led three precincts, youth services and traffic divisions.

Hoyt Mahaley is a FBI Supervisory Special Agent and former Police Officer for Milwaukee Police Department. He also attended Rufus King High School.

TMJ4's Shaun Gallagher interviewed each of the three finalists in the weeks prior to Thursday's announcement. You can read those stories here:

“This is one of the most important positions in the City of Milwaukee, and the Board of Commissioners have identified three finalists who are most qualified to lead this critical agency during these pivotal times,” said FPC Executive Director Griselda Aldrete in a statement.

“Each finalist will participate in a public and rigorous community engagement process, which will be instrumental in the final hiring decision," according to Aldrete.

Members of the Board of Commissioners of the Fire and Police Commission interviewed six candidates last Monday and from there narrowed the list down to the three candidates announced Thursday.

The Board of Commissioners says they considered the years of experience in law enforcement, educational levels, leadership and management experience, and ability to build and manage collaborations and effective working relationships with diverse community stakeholders as part of their criteria when evaluating all candidates, according to the statement.

The three candidates will now participate in more interviews with the Board of Commissioners and members of the community in upcoming forums over the next month. Click here to learn more about those forums.

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