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Citizen Board Commissioners

Commissioner Nelson Soler

Nelson Soler, Chair

Was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in July, 2016.  He was elected Chair in August, 2020.  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.

Email: Nelson.Soler@milwaukee.gov 

Commissioner Angela McKenzie

Angela McKenzie, Vice-Chair

Was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in July, 2016.  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.

Email: Angela.Mckenzie@milwaukee.gov 

Phone: 414-708-3343

Commissioner Everett L. Cocroft

Everett Cocroft

Was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in January, 2019. Mr. Cocroft is a retired City of Milwaukee Fire Lieutenant with over thirty-two (32) years of dedicated service. Mr. Cocroft is an experienced Fire Service Leader whose professional responsibility extends into areas of community service, public relations, public education, public speaking, mentoring, motivational leadership and decision making. Mr. Cocroft is competent and knowledgeable in all phases of Fire Service Management with a specific expertise in recruitment and assessment training. Mr. Cocroft has been a member of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters since 1980 and has served as President of the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters from 2011 - 2015. Mr. Cocroft desires to assist the city of Milwaukee by meeting the needs, expectations and aspirations of the citizens it serves.

Email: Everett.Cocroft@milwaukee.gov

Phone: 414-708-4262

“All That I Am I Owe...I Live Eternally In The Red”

Commissioner Fred Crouther

Fred Crouther, D.Min

Was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in May, 2015.  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.

Email: Fred.Crouther@milwaukee.gov

Phone: 414-708-6035

Commissioner Steven M. DeVougas

Steven DeVougas

Was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in September, 2013, reappointed in October, 2018. 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.  He is Past-President of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers and has been named "40 under 40" by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Email: Steven.DeVougas@milwaukee.gov

Phone: 414-708-7705


Raymond Robakowski

Ray Robakowski is a 1975 graduate of Notre Dame High School, and has been married to his high school sweetheart for 42 years. As a former Milwaukee Police Officer, Ray served in many roles over his 24 year career with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), where he served most recently as a Community Liason Officer.

Prior to his 24-year tenure with the MPD, he worked for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, and also with over 19-years of employment with Milwaukee County.

In 2012 Robakowski worked with area block watch member Clifford Ray to convert a vacant lot at N. 24th Pl. and W. Keefe Ave. into a community garden known as “Rays of Sunshine Community Garden.” He’s also received awards from the Milwaukee Press Club and Marquette University for his police work.

Email: Raymond.Robakowski@milwaukee.gov

Commissioner Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson

Was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in March, 2013. 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.

Email: Ann.M.Wilson@milwaukee.gov

 

**While Commissioners initially serve a 5-year term, they continue to serve the City of Milwaukee until a successor is appointed and qualified. For more information on the statutory authority and role of the Commissioners, the Executive Director, and other aspects of the Fire and Police Commission, please click here.**

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