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Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales: 'I'd like to stay'

Posted at 8:43 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 21:43:40-04

MILWAUKEE — In an interview with WTMJ Radio's John Mercure, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales spoke candidly about his future with the department.

"There's been a conversation between the Mayor and I," Morales said. "I'd like to stay but ultimately, it's the Fire and Police Commission's decision."

Morales stressed the importance of him maintaining his position in the department with the work put in to prepare for the Democratic National Convention in 2020.

"Now, as we move into October, with the 25 plus committees involved, there is training, assignments and the continued motion to be prepared," Morales said. "The choreography that goes into preparing doesn't happen overnight. Everyone has to know their role. You don't plan a month in advance. So when you change the leadership, how are you going to bring that leader into this DNC process when things have been going on?"

When asked if he'll be the Milwaukee Police Chief during the DNC, Morales said, "I don't know. We'll see."

Morales says a decision on his future will be announced later this week by the Fire & Police Commission. Its weekly meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

Morales was part of a panel of law enforcement during the radio event dubbed WTMJ 2020. They touched on many topics including chase policy, balancing finances against a budget and mental health awareness.