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Department of Administration

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Welcome to the Department of Administration

The Department of Administration (DOA) is responsible for many of the centralized functions of the City of Milwaukee. DOA works to make Milwaukee one of the nations most attractive cities in which to live, work and do business by:

  • Enhancing the ability of city agencies to provide high quality, valued services at a cost citizens can afford;
  • Developing and recommending policies that protect the city's fiscal foundation; and
  • Influencing state and federal policies that affect the city's ability to thrive.

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Springtime Guide

Springtime Guide 

This spring, find helpful tips on getting involved with neighborhood cleanups, improving your home, creating gardens and green spaces, being active outdoors, and staying prepared for fire and storm hazards. Take advantage of community resources and grant incentives to make improvements in your community.

Spring into Action

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Your Voice is Needed for Safer Streets

The City of Milwaukee is creating  a Vision Zero Action Plan to make our streets safer and eliminate  traffic deaths by 2037.

Visit our website to get involved, attend a meeting, or sign up for notifications. 

American Rescue Plan Survey
American Rescue Plan 

The City of Milwaukee has been allocated approximately $394.2 million in direct ARPA assistance. It is the city’s goal to use the funds to enable the city and community to recover from the pandemic, address the needs of residents, families and neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic, and put our city on a path to a strong, inclusive and equitable recovery.

 Inside DOA

Community Wellness and Safety

The Office of Community Wellness and Safety (formerly known as the Office of Violence Prevention OVP) has a mission to advance community engagement that strengthens youth, family, and community.

Community Development Grants

CDBG is responsible for applying for, recommending the allocation of, and overseeing the effective use of Local, State and Federal funds for programs in targeted central city neighborhoods. Most of the funding is to assist lower income families and remove blight.

Purchasing Division

The Purchasing Division's mission is to acquire Commodities and Services for City Departments in the most cost effective, efficient, and impartial manner within the appropriate guidelines.

Office of African American Affairs

The City of Milwaukee created the Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) by City ordinance to promote equal opportunities for African American residents in areas including (but not limited to): employment, education, job training, housing, health care, voting rights, business ownership, and more. The OAAA houses multiple services and organizations.

Office of Early Childhood Initiatives

The City of Milwaukee’s Office of Early Childhood Initiatives (OECI) opened its doors in 2018 with a vision to ensure every child has the building blocks for success in school and life. OECI works collaboratively to ensure that all Milwaukee children from birth to three years old have access and exposure to learning environments that promote social-emotional development, cognitive growth, and lifelong success. 

Office of Equity and Inclusion

The OEI provides leadership to achieve racial equity and creates opportunities for all. Efforts include Racial and Equity Inclusion, Small Business Development, Accessibility, and the Equal Rights Commission. 

Budget Management

The Budget and Management Division serves as the City's executive budget office. Its responsibilities include development of the annual Executive Budget; implementation of the adopted budget; management analysis of City operations; and development and analysis of fiscal policy and legislative proposals.

Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city. ECO develops practical solutions that improve people’s lives and the economy while working to protect and restore the natural eco-systems that are integral to our long-term prosperity.

Charter School Review

The Charter School Review Committee was established to implement state legislation authorizing the operation of charter schools and serves as the review and monitoring arm of the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee. The CSRC’s mission is to ensure that the Common Council of Milwaukee is a quality authorizer of charter schools.

Information Technology Management

The City of Milwaukee uses information systems to add value to the community by delivering high quality services at the lowest possible cost.

  • Policy and Administration
  • Applications and Development
  • Information Services
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Unified Call Center
  • Network and Telecommunications

Intergovernmental Relations

IRD is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with other governmental jurisdictions in order to promote opportunities to solve intergovernmental issues to the city’s advantage. This includes seeking new and additional funding sources, and successfully promoting and managing the city’s legislative agenda.

City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Director Preston Cole 

Director Preston D. Cole





 Diane Lopez, Program Assistant



 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 606, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


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