Milwaukee council approves settlement with ousted chief

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales (Souce: Fox6)
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales (Souce: Fox6)(NBC15)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 8:14 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee and its former police chief could finally part ways after a lengthy legal battle.

The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday to approve a $627,000 settlement with Alfonso Morales over his demotion last year.

A federal lawsuit by the former chief over his ouster would  be dropped as part of the agreement. Morales has 21 days to sign off on the negotiated deal.

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, a citizen panel, unanimously voted to remove Morales as chief last August claiming he failed to fulfill a list of directives.

A judge reversed the commission’s decision, which had prompted Morales to retire and sue.

Morales is one of four finalists for the Fitchburg Police Department chief’s position, Fitchburg Mayor Aaron Richardson confirmed Tuesday. The City will interview all four finalists next week and then the Police and Fire Commission will determine who they would like to offer the position to.

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