Milwaukee FPC still can’t decide on new police chief

By: - December 11, 2020 10:42 am

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission deadlocked again in its effort to appoint a new chief of the Milwaukee Police Department. The commission had first been impeded by a 3-3 vote last week. 

In its second meeting to vote on a new chief, none of the six commissioners changed their minds and the vote remained split between Dallas Police Department Major Malik Aziz and FBI Agent Hoyt Mahaley

Commissioners said they believed each candidate was qualified and capable of doing the job, but had different perspectives on the best course of action for the city. 

The commissioners in favor of Mahaley, who is from Milwaukee and started his career as a patrol officer in the police department, said they saw value in choosing a homegrown candidate. The commissioners voting for Aziz said they believe his qualifications and ability to bring the fresh eyes of an outsider are points in his favor. 

After another vote with the commissioners unable to convince any of their colleagues to change their minds, the decision was delayed again. This time the vote was delayed until the commission’s new seventh member is appointed and able to catch up on the search. 

On Dec. 2, Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Amanda Avalos to the commission. Avalos, who still needs to be confirmed by the common council, is the senior civic engagement director for Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT). 

LIT is a youth-advocacy organization that was crucial in the effort to get police officers out of Milwaukee city schools

Now, the city won’t have a new police chief until at least Jan. 7 when the commission is set to meet again with Avalos in her seat to break the tie.

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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.