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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 Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in March, 2013 and her term expired 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 Steven M. DeVougas

Steven M. DeVougas was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in September, 2013, reappointed in October, 2018 and his term expires in 2023. 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.

Commissioner Fred Crouther

Dr. Fred L. Crouther was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in May, 2015 and 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.


Commissioner Angela McKenzie

Angela McKenzie was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in July, 2016 and 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.


Commissioner Nelson Soler

Nelson Soler was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in July, 2016 and his term expires in 2021.  He was elected Vice Chair in July, 2018.  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.

Commissioner Everett L. Cocroft

Everett L. Cocroft was appointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in January, 2019 and his term expires in 2024. 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.

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