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Fire and Police Commission Board

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is a civilian body which oversees and prescribes general policies, standards, and rules in the Milwaukee Fire Department and the Milwaukee Police Department. The Commission also appoints all employees of the two public safety Departments, including the Department Chiefs. In addition to policy matters and employment functions, the Commission decides citizen complaints against Fire or Police employees. The Commission is comprised of seven part-time citizen board members, and a full-time professional staff led by an Executive Director.

The citizen board of the Commission holds regular business meetings twice each month except August, usually on the first and third Thursdays of the month, at 5.30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public, and provide an opportunity for interested persons to listen to discussion and offer comments on agenda matters. Meetings are usually held in the Common Council meeting rooms on the third floor of City Hall, but some are held in community locations. The Board also has three standing committees that meet periodically, the Committee on Complaints and Discipline, the Committee on Policies and Standards, and the Committee on Testing and Recruiting. Other committees are formed as needed.

The Commission's authority and responsibility are set forth in Wisconsin Statute 62.50 and in the Milwaukee City Charter. The seven citizen board Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of Milwaukee and approved by the Common Council. Commissioners serve overlapping five-year terms, and receive a salary of $6,600.00 per year. The Commissioners elect a Chair and Vice-Chair. Diversity of background and experience makes the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners representative of the entire Milwaukee community.


 

Citizen Board Commissioners

Commissioner Kathryn Hein

Kathryn Hein was appointed to the Board in June, 2008. 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 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.

   
 Commissioner Marisabel Cabrera

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.

   
Commissioner Steven M. DeVougas

Steven M. DeVougas was appointed to the Board in September 2013 and elected Chair in July, 2015. His term expires in 2018. He is currently an attorney at Quarles & Brady, LLP, where he practices Product Liability Law  Mr. DeVougas serves on the board of the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers, where he is a past president. 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.

   
Commissioner Fred Crouther

Dr. Fred L. Crouther was appointed to the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission in May, 2015.  His term expires in 2019.  He is the founding Pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church, where he has been preaching, teaching, and shepherding for over 35 years.  Under his leadership and direction, the church has undertaken a number of projects and programs aimed at community improvement and citizen empowerment, including a credit union and housing development corporation.  Dr. Crouther completed his undergraduate studies at Alcorn A&M University (formerly Alcorn A&M College) in Lorman, Mississippi and the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He also earned a Master's Degree in Religious Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Strategic Leadership from Faith Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.  Dr. Crouther has served as President of the Wisconsin General Baptist State Convention, Inc., 2nd Vice-President of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., Treasurer of the Board of Directors for OIC-GM, and Chairman of the Community Safety Coalition among other board and leadership appointments.  He is a life member of the NAACP and has received a number of awards for his community involvement and leadershp both locally and nationally.  Dr. Crouther has the credentials of a seasoned corporate executive and the humble, caring heart of a servant.  A combination not often seen or easily duplicated.

   

Angela McKenzie was appointed to the Board on July 27, 2016.  Her term expires in 2021.  Since 2013 she has been an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Wisconsin and was previously a Municipal Court Commissioner for the City of Milwaukee and a Senior Associate at the law firm of Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, S.C.  McKenzie is the Secretary of Friends of Housing and is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys.  She hold a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.

   

Nelson Soler was appointed to the Board on July 28, 2016.  His term expires in 2021.  He is currently the President and Chief Solutions Officer of Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute Inc.; a multicultural marketing organization.  Soler is the Emeritus Board Chair and Founder of the Latino Entrepreneurial Network and has held or is currently holding board memberships on the MMAC Business Council, the Ethnic Business Coalition of Wisconsin, the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Wisconsin, the Latino Health Organization, and the Friends of the Children’s Health Education Center.  He has also been the recipient of the Governor’s Partnership in Action Award by the Wisconsin State Governors Office and the Business Citizen Award by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.  Soler holds two bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has obtained both an MBA and Masters of Science in International Business from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

   

Executive Director MaryNell Regan

MaryNell Regan, Executive Director, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a minor in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She received her law degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she served as an editor on Law Review.  Upon graduation from law school, she worked for a civil defense firm and an employment/labor firm, concentrating on litigation in federal, state, and administrative forums.  Thereafter, she joined the City of Milwaukee as an Assistant City Attorney where she litigated and administered legal, civil rights and labor/employment matters, along with organizational/human resource development initiatives, risk assessment, and strategy.  She frequently lectures and has published on topics ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act to Federal qualified immunity for individual employees. Ms. Regan has served as a legal advisor for three Fire Chiefs, three Police Chiefs, four School Superintendents, and two Mayors.  In September, 2015, she was appointed Executive Director of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission by Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council.

   

Clifton Crump serves in the capacity of the Operations Manager.  In that role he has managerial duties of staff as well as organizes and takes part in various community education and outreach events.  Recruiting oversight and functionality are also key components of his assigned duties.  Prior to his current role he served as Mayor Tom Barrett’s primary Liaison Officer to the Milwaukee Common Council.  There he engaged in constituent relations, public education and outreach, accompanying the Mayor to various public events and working with a variety of City Departments on topics ranging from budgeting to staffing levels.  Mr. Crump also has extensive experience working in the housing sector and zoning arena, having managed the City’s tax foreclosure housing portfolio and the Board of Zoning Appeals Office.

   

 


Revised: November 2, 2016

 

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