Mayor Barrett vetoes common council resolution to fire MPD Chief Flynn

Posted at 6:07 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 19:07:19-04

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee's Common Council wants the state to give them the ability to fire Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. Before the ink was barely dry, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett stepped in and vetoed it.

The resolution passed 8-6 to be able to remove Chief Flynn, with a two-thirds majority vote.

Right now, only the Fire and Police Commission can fire Flynn.

The eight members of the common council who voted for the resolution believe the police chief is not listening to their concerns.

Barrett called it, "100 percent political."

Aldermen have asked lawmakers in Madison to draft the proposal in bill form. 

"Right now we have some legislators that are working on similar legislation," said Ald. Tony Zielinski.

"I don't think any of us have illusions of grandeur that this will get legs and actually pass (the state legislature)," said Ald. Mark Borkowski. "But we're tired of not being listened to. We're tired of not being heard." 

Flynn's office had no comment.

  • Voting in favor of the resolution: Aldermen Nik Kovac, Bob Bauman, Khalif Rainey, Chantia Lewis, Mark Borkowski, Jose Perez, Tony Zielinski, and Russell Stamper. 
  • Voting against: Aldermen Cavalier Johnson, Jim Bohl, Milele Coggs, Michael Murphy, Terry Witkowski, and Ashanti Hamilton.