Fire and Police Commission Executive Director
ER Fire and Police Commission Executive Director As a member of
the Mayor’s Cabinet, the Fire and Police Commission Executive
Director is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor;
the appointment of the Fire and Police Commission Executive
Director requires confirmation by the Common Council.
Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an
urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual
sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We
are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming.
Milwaukee brings together its unsurpassed old world charm with a
breathtaking art museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions,
professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational
opportunities and great restaurants.
ABOUT THE MILWAUKEE FIRE AND POLICE COMMISSION
The Fire and Police Commission (FPC) was established in 1885 by
state law and is one of the oldest police oversight agencies in the
nation. The Commission’s authority and responsibility are set forth
in Wisconsin Statute Section 62.50, the Milwaukee City Charter
Chapter 22.10, and the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances Chapter 314.
The current seven citizen board members are appointed by the Mayor
and approved by the Common Council; by Ordinance; the Board may be
comprised of up to nine members.
The Commission’s primary responsibility is policy oversight,
including monitoring and prescribing the policies and standards of
both the Fire and Police Departments. This oversight authority
is exercised by Board action and regular audit and research
relative to the Fire and Police department operational initiatives
and disciplinary actions. The Commission also conducts ongoing
analysis of the Milwaukee Police Department’s use of force
incidents and uses the information as a foundation for policy and
training improvement. Other functions of the Commission
Provide leadership, guidance and coordination in public safety
matters with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments;
Establish recruitment and testing standards for positions;
appoint all employees of the two public safety departments;
Hear appeals by members of the Fire and Police departments who
have been disciplined by their Chief;
Independently investigate and monitor citizen complaints and, at
times, discipline members for misconduct;
Direct, review and evaluate on-going research, analysis and
audits relative to the Fire and Police Departments operational
initiatives and disciplinary actions, using the information for
policy and training improvement within the two public safety
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is a member of the
National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
(NACOLE) and has adopted its Code of Ethics. For more information,
visit www.milwaukee.gov/fpc .
PURPOSE As a member of the Mayor’s cabinet and as chief
administrator of the functions performed by the citizen Board of
Fire and Police Commissioners, the Fire and Police Commission (FPC)
Executive Director is responsible for all policy, financial,
operational, and strategic matters of the Fire and Police
Priorities of the Fire and Police Commission Executive Director
Development of policies and practices that promote positive
relationships with and engagement from the community. Seeking
to improve relations between the police department and the
community, the Commission continues to develop policy initiatives
as outlined in the DOJ Report, the Collins, et al.
Settlement Agreement, and other national policing best
Utilization of the Milwaukee Collaborative Reform Initiative to
ensure the community’s voice is heard regarding issues and
solutions. The Fire and Police Commission has engaged the
community by posting the draft DOJ Report online, with an
accompanying web portal to be used as a vehicle for residents to
discuss the DOJ recommendations and propose solutions. A link to
the portal can be found here:
Integration of communications systems and enhancement of
emergency management services. The Director of Emergency
Management and Homeland Security and Emergency Communications
reports to the Executive Director to better reflect the needs of
the City. Upcoming related efforts will include creating an Office
of Emergency Management and Communications that will oversee all
aspects of emergency management, including radios, the upgrade of
the City of Milwaukee’s 911 system and the integration of the CAD
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Monitor daily operations of the fire and
police departments, and provide administrative, policy, and
operational leadership, guidance, and expert advice to the citizen
board, mayor, police chief, fire chief, public officials, and
Provide guidance and direction to staff and professional
consultants in the administration and execution of all recruitment,
testing, and hiring functions and activities of the police and fire
departments, in accordance with applicable state statutes and FPC
Manage the citizen complaint program, audit police internal
investigations, personnel files and Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs), perform independent investigations of police misconduct,
advise and direct internal affairs and commission investigators
during investigations of misconduct, oversee the mediation of
specified complaints, and determine the final disposition or
referral for adjudication.
Oversee continued compliance efforts in relation to City-wide
litigation, namely the Collins, et al. Settlement
Establish and maintain effective working relationships and serve
as the point of contact and public information liaison for news
media, community members, elected officials, and other diverse
public and private agencies.
Serve as chief administrator for the citizen Board of Fire and
Police Commissioners. Guide board members and develop the board
agenda in carrying out its statutory functions of overseeing and
exercising final authority on all aspects of civilian oversight of
the policies, discipline, organization, hiring and promotion, and
daily operations of the police and fire departments.
Review and analyze all aspects of personnel management, test
development and examinations, hiring and promotions, disciplinary
actions, and monitoring of the daily operations, policies, and
training of the fire and police departments.
Oversee the disciplinary appeals process and quasi-judicial
administrative hearings for all sworn and civilian employees.
Manage the daily operations of the department, including budget
development and administration, personnel management, and
supervision of staff.
Oversee the operations of the City of Milwaukee Office of
Emergency Management and Communications, including disaster
preparedness and response. Provide oversight of the Urban Areas
Security Initiative (UASI) and other multi-million-dollar federal
grant allocations and expenditures. Manage the 911 system upgrade
and the city-wide CAD consolidation project.
Manage Open Records Requests.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & OTHER CHARACTERISTICS KNOWLEDGE
Principles and practices of program planning, management,
administration, and budgeting.
Principles of criminal law, constitutional law, and law
Principles of law enforcement policy development and evaluation,
training and instruction, and work performance assessments.
Relevant employment laws, including discrimination and labor
laws, relevant administrative rules, and effective disciplinary
policies and procedures.
Public records and open meetings laws.
Methods and techniques of research, policy review, data
analysis, and evaluation.
Principles and practices relative to the intake and review of
complaints and methods of complaint resolution.
The capabilities of information technology to improve
Take responsibility for program/policy development,
implementation, and monitoring activities.
Establish long-range objectives, strategies, and actions to
achieve those objectives.
Identify measures or indicators of system performance and the
actions needed to improve or correct performance.
Oversee and monitor the investigation of sensitive matters in
unionized public agencies.
Express ideas clearly and confidently one-on-one and before
groups, committees, and the media.
Write effectively for a variety of audiences.
Establish effective working relationships with diverse members
of the public, colleagues, elected officials, and representatives
of various agencies.
Oversee the development and execution of community outreach
Exercise strong executive-level leadership and function
successfully as a cabinet member in a challenging political,
fiscal, and legal environment.
Work independently, fairly, and objectively among opposing
Facilitate, mediate, and resolve complex and sensitive issues
brought forth by concerned individuals.
Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and
develop sound conclusions and recommendations in accordance with
laws, regulations, rules, and policies.
Plan, organize, set priorities, and exercise judgment within
area of responsibility.
Build a successful team through effective hiring, management,
training, and coaching.
Understand and interpret City rules, regulations, policies, and
procedures and local, state, and federal legislation pertaining to
areas of assigned responsibility.
Serve the public with honesty and integrity.
CURRENT SALARY The current salary range (1NX) is
$103,841-$145,382 and the resident incentive salary for City of
Milwaukee residents is $106,956-$147,336. Appointment above
the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other
qualifications and is subject to approval.
The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program
that includes the following:
Screening for this position will be based on an evaluation of
each applicant’s education, experience, and professional
accomplishments, which should be detailed in a cover letter and
resume. The most qualified candidate or candidates will participate
in an interview process, which may include community engagement
Please send the cover letter, resume, and college and
transcripts via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Monday, August 24, 2020 .
Please indicate “Fire and Police Commission Executive
Director” in the subject line.
Questions relative to the selection process may be directed to
Kristin Hennessy Urban by calling 414.286.8643.
The City of Milwaukee reserves the right to invite only the most
qualified applicants to participate in the selection process.
INITIAL FILING DATE: The selection process will be
conducted as soon as practical after Monday, August 24, 2020
. Receipt of application materials may be discontinued at any time
after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may
continue until the needs of the City have been met. The applicant
is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection
process at the time and place designated by the City of
CONCLUSION The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity
and is an equal opportunity employer.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice,
public administration, or a closely related field from an
accredited college or university required. A Juris Doctor (J.D.)
degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school
is highly desirable.
Five years of managerial experience (i.e., at the director or
manager level) in a civilian oversight body, a criminal
justice-related organization, investigative, or legal setting
performing work relating to this position.
Experience working with multicultural/multiethnic communities
and demonstrated success in bridging community and institutional
concerns about fairness and justice issues.
Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout
Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide
the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to
perform the job will be considered.
IMPORTANT NOTE: College and law school transcripts are
required and must be emailed as an attachment
to email@example.com by the application closing date
and time. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your
transcript must be legible and include your college/university
name, your name, the degree completed, and the date completed.
Job ID: 54461611
Position Title: Fire and Police Commission Executive
Company Name: Employee Relations
Org Type: Government
Job Function: Attorney
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
Min Experience: 5-7 Years
Required Travel: 0-10%
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