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Chief Alfonso Morales gets offer to reapply for position

Posted at 9:32 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 23:44:57-04

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission told Chief Alfonso Morales they want to keep his job.

"The commission is announcing today that we are moving forward with the process of the reappointment Chief Morales," said Steven DeVougas, chair of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.

Morales didn't mince words when it comes to the work.

"It has been a tough two years," he said.

There have been five officers deaths since he became chief. The city settled a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union and made national headlines for its arrest and tasing of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, who is currently suing the department. However, homicides and non-fatal shootings are down in the city. Morales says he wants to stay.

"There is a lot of work that we have to do, but we made leaps and bounds progress," said Morales.

In order to officially get a new contract, the chief has to interview again for the job. Morales also has to go through a period of public comment and hearings. The Fire and Police Commission will take questions submitted by the public and ask them to the chief.

"What people say definitely weighs on our decision-making process," said DeVougas.

Morales says if they offer him a four-year contract he will be here.

"I plan on doing it but only the lord knows how far you are going to complete. Just the day-to-day events you never know what is going to happen but yeah I do," said Morales.

You can send letters to the Fire and Police Commission at City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 706A, Milwaukee, WI 53202 or emails to until Sunday, October 20, 2019.