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Milwaukee Common Council members urge Mayor Tom Barrett to nominate new FPC executive director

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 17:17:11-04

Twelve members of the Milwaukee Common Council are urging Mayor Tom Barrett to nominate a new executive director of the Fire and Police Commission.

Current Director Griselda Aldrete withdrew from consideration to continue serving in her position in July.

"Although my appointment received subcommittee approval last month, the climate at City Hall today sadly puts a premium on political point-scoring and conflict," Aldrete said in the letter she submitted to Barrett.

In a letter submitted by the Common Council Thursday, ahead of an FPC meeting to discuss current Police Chief Alfonso Morales, the council urged Barrett to swiftly nominate a new director.

"The residents of our city, state and country are continuing to call for police reform in the wake of Joel Acevedo and George Floyd’s murders. The inequitable policing practices that exist disproportionately impact communities of color, an idea we know is not lost on you. While the community and local leaders continue to discuss various means of police reform, one crucial part of the puzzle is having steady leadership atop the Fire and Police Commission which is charged with oversight of our city’s protective services. As such, we are renewing our call for you to nominate a new Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission, and to do so swiftly," said the letter.

A successor to Aldrete has not been named in the month since her decision.

The letter is signed by Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey.

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