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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UPDATE - FIRE & POLICE COMMISSION Police Survey & Behavior - City of Milwaukee

Alphabetical listing - Top down/Left
Commissioners Marisabel Cabrera, Steven M. DeVougas,
Kathryn Hein, Sarah Morgan, Michael M. O'Hear,  Michael G. Tobin, Ann Wilson
September 23, 2014
City of Milwaukee | Day 23 | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC contacted the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission Community Relations Manager, Catrine Warren for an update as to when the public can expect the results of the approved report regarding satisfaction of the the city police department.

According to Warren, Milwaukeeans will receive the results from the consulting group selected in October, 2014.

Joe Cera - CUIR, UW-Milwaukee
The research report is generated through Joseph Cera, Survey Center Director, Center for Urban Initiative & Research - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  

The report is to provide the public's viewpoint on the services of the city of Milwaukee Police Department.  It was authorized by the Common Council for implementation this past spring, 2014.

According to Warren, the report/surveys will be available after October 10, 2014.

Board Chairs Behavior Unacceptable
Speaking of a survey, during MPA LLC Invoked Atonement and Reparation assessment - Phase I (April 7, 2014 - August 31, 2014), the leaders of the board were contacted for input.  

Chairwoman Sarah Morgan and Vice Chairwoman Kathryn Hein, paid public servants, failed to honor their role and responsibility to communicate in best practices, transparency and accountability as the board leaders of a 1-Class city (62.50 Police and fire departments in 1st class cities).

Recently the Board Chair and Vice-Chair of Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission were contacted for input for the 4-Month Invoked Atonement and Reparation assessment (April 7, 2014 - August 31, 2014).  Chairwoman Morgan gave an unacceptable response - she was going to be out of town.  There was no response for/from Vice Chair Hein and/or any other member of this 7-member board; if she was going to be out-of-town.  She did not offer any response to our second alternative.

Her refusal to exhibit decorum for her office is disappointing as she is an educator/staff member at the doctoral level at the School of Nursing at UW-Milwaukee.  The behavior is UNACCEPTABLE. 

Since this is a board that has a history of discrimination and representatives that seem to forget that they work for the taxpayers of the only 1st class city; and, the population is predominately People of Color - African American over 40%.  

And, since African Americans have had so many complaints against the police department and its brutality and murders of African Americans, the climate is poised for improvements - if wise folk are around the table.  If wise folk work with those they are put in place to "serve" (taxpayers, stakeholders and those hired to represent the fire and police departments) with respect, quality assurance and high standards of "due process"; Milwaukee will begin to turnaround in delivery of services, expectations and self-discipline for all.  The right thing to do here is to honor your neighbor as yourself.  In other words, we must do right by all and NO one is exempt in discipline and appropriate behavior.
It is a NEW Day.

We, the People-Milwaukeeans, can not elect and pay individuals that fail their "Oath of office" and violate-fail to honor the Constitutional rights of Milwaukeeans.

We can not have those we ELECT, to appoint and hire individuals that:

  • disrespect us
  • fail to honor our rules of governance
  • fail to include the People at all levels of decision making
  • fail to hold the office held with the highest due process and quality assurance for good government
  • fail to honor the Oath/Mission of office glued to the Peoples Constitutional rights.
MPA LLC has placed the Fire and Police Commission on its "To Do" list for change, innovation, inclusion of neighborhood and census tract representation in planning and implementation; and, improvements in Phase II Invoked Atonement and Reparation 2014/2015.  It starts with this article and is followed by a formal Complaint to the city officers.


Citizen Board Commissioners

Commissioner Kathryn Hein
Kathryn Hein was appointed to the Board in June, 2008 and elected Vice-Chair in July, 2012. Her term expires in 2018. Currently she is the Assistant Director of the Les Aspin Center for Government at Marquette University where she runs a program placing disadvantaged students in public service internships. She is also a member of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Board of Directors. Prior to her employment at Marquette she served as both District Director and Chief of Staff to Milwaukee Congressman Jerry Kleczka for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 
Commissioner Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan was appointed to the Board in June, 2009 and elected Chair in July, 2012. Her term will expire in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She teaches Cultural Diversity in Health Care in the undergraduate program, and Issues in Women’s Health and Development in the graduate program. Her research is focused on vulnerable populations, and she currently is working with community-dwelling elders with dementia and their family caregivers. She is a board member and academic partner of the Board of Diverse and Resilient whose mission is the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Wisconsin. She also serves as Senior Warden, the highest lay leader, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She is a former board member of Cream City Foundation and Eastside Senior Services and is a proud resident of Sherman Park. Sarah received her PhD in nursing in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA One-On-One mentoring program.
Commissioner Michael M. O'Hear
Michael M. O'Hear was appointed to the Board in October, 2010. His term will expire in 2016. He is a professor and the Associate Dean for Research at Marquette Law School. He is an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and the author of more than forty scholarly articles on sentencing and criminal procedure. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven, CT. He then practiced civil and criminal litigation for three years at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. He joined the Marquette Law School faculty in 2000, and was appointed the Law School's first Associate Dean for Research in 2008. 
Commissioner Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson was appointed to the Board in March, 2013. Her term will expire in 2017. She is the manager of the Hillside Terrace Resource Center for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Milwaukee Area Technical College, is First Vice President of the Mission Ministry and Co-Chair of the New Members Ministry for the Canaan Baptist Church, where she has been a member for 40 years, and is Legislative Liaison of General Baptist State Convention, Inc. She is also involved in local community issues, especially housing and gun control. She was a past Executive Director of Jobs with Peace and a past Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.
Marisabel Cabrera was appointed to the Board in June 2013. Her term will expire in 2018. Ms. Cabrera is a private immigration attorney who runs her own law office in Milwaukee. She is a member of the Council for the Spanish Speaking Board of Directors, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Voces de la Frontera. Ms. Cabrera received her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2002. She also graduated from the University of Madison-Wisconsin in 1998 with degrees in Latin American and Iberian Studies and Spanish.
Steven M. DeVougas was appointed to the Board in September 2013. His term expires in 2018. He is currently an attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where he practices Labor and Employment Law and Business Litigation. Mr. DeVougas serves on the board of the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers, where he is a past president, the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, the steering committee for the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic and a coordinator for the Milwaukee Justice Center. Prior to his legal career, he worked in Investment Sales at M&I Bank, now BMO Harris. Mr. DeVougas received his Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 2007. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2004, with degrees in Economics and English.
Executive Director Michael G. Tobin
Michael G. Tobin, Executive Director, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Military Academy, Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, and the Milwaukee Police Academy. He is experienced in many aspects of fire department services and law enforcement activities. He began his employment with the City of Milwaukee as a police officer. Upon graduation from law school he joined the Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office as an Assistant City Attorney where he prosecuted and defended police and fire department employees for almost twenty years in state courts and administrative agencies. He served as a legal advisor for two Milwaukee police chiefs and two Milwaukee fire chiefs. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran and in 2005-2006 was appointed to manage the U.S. military program to reconstruct the civilian justice system nation-wide for the country of Afghanistan. In November, 2007 he was appointed Executive Director of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission by Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council.
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