The Executive Director of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is withdrawing from consideration to continue serving in her position, she announced Monday afternoon.
Griselda Aldrete submitted her decision in a letter to Mayor Tom Barrett, Members of the Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission just one day before the council was set to vote on her reappointment.
"Although my appointment received subcommittee approval last month, the climate at City Hall today sadly puts a premium on political point-scoring and conflict," Alderte said in the letter.
Aldrete said she was proud of her experience leading the Fire and Police Commission, citing high profile investigations like the one involving Police Officer Michael Mattioli being 'conducted properly, fairly and thoroughly.'
However, she cited political concerns at City Hall as a deciding factor in her decision to withdrawal.
"This state of affairs presages a confirmation hearing based on spectacle, not merit," Aldrete said in the letter to city officials.
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"Furthermore, the looming threat of a politically-motivated hold of my appointment — as well as for other cabinet members — has already cast a shadow over the entire process," she said.
The decision comes weeks after Claire Woodall-Vogg withdrew from consideration as Mayor Barrett's pick to lead the commission weeks ago.
Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement on the matter.
“Griselda came in at a very difficult time and made significant positive contributions, particularly as it relates to the ACLU lawsuit compliance. I am thankful for her service.”
Griselda Aldrete was appointed to her position during Summer 2019.