Milwaukee FPC deadlocks, fails to choose new police chief

By: - December 4, 2020 7:57 am

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission deadlocked 3-3 between two candidates as it attempted to vote to choose the next chief of the Milwaukee Police Department. The two candidates with support from commissioners were Dallas Police Major Malik Aziz and FBI agent Hoyt Mahaley

The commission went through two rounds of voting, failing to reach a consensus both times. Another vote will be held in one week. 

The third finalist in the search, Portland Police Deputy Chief Chris Davis did not receive any votes. 

Mahaley was supported by Commissioners Fred Crouther, Steven DeVougas and Ann Wilson while Aziz got the votes of Commissioners Everett Cocroft, Angela McKenzie and Nelson Soler. 

Mahaley is a Milwaukee native who spent five years working for the city’s police department before moving to the FBI where he’s been ever since. Aziz has spent most of his career with the Dallas Police Department, serving as a patrol officer and a deputy chief. 

Aziz had the support of the commission’s chair, Soler, and vice-chair, McKenzie. McKenzie said she appreciated his vision for community engagement as well as his resume in Dallas. 

“I really thought his focus was that of implementing policies that will change the culture within Milwaukee and that was something that he brought to the table and there was no question about that,” McKenzie said. 

Wilson said she was voting for Mahaley because he was the clear choice in her conversations with community members. Mahaley had received the endorsement of several prominent community groups including business leaders and clergy members. 

“I’ve had discussions with different community members,” Wilson said. “But if you look around and … if you talk to people. They have a clear choice.”

The next meeting of the FPC will be held Dec. 10 in which the commissioners will have another chance to reach consensus. At the meeting, Soler said acting police chief Michael Brunson’s last day would be Dec. 23.


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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.