John Tate II no longer taking Madison Independent Police Monitor position

The Police Civilian Oversight Board is working to determine the next steps.
The Police Civilian Oversight Board is working to determine the next steps.
Published: Oct. 18, 2022 at 6:09 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - City of Racine Alderman and former Wisconsin Parole Commission Chairman John Tate II will no longer be taking the City of Madison’s Independent Police Monitor position after he was chosen about a week ago.

City of Madison officials confirmed Tate withdrew his acceptance of the position Monday and has accepted another opportunity. It was not noted where Tate will be heading.

The Police Civilian Oversight Board said it was determining the next steps and will provide updates. The board is scheduled to meet on Oct. 27.

The Police Civilian Oversight Board announced on Oct. 10 that it had selected Tate for the position. The independent police monitor’s duties include ensuring the Madison Police Department complies with its internal policies and procedures.

On Tuesday, MPD Chief Shon Barnes said he was disappointed that Tate backed out of the position, adding that his department is looking forward to working with whoever is appointed to the position.

“We are confident that the work of the Monitor will show the positive state of policing in the City of Madison,” he continued.

Tate resigned as chairman of the Wisconsin Parole Commission in June, a month after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers asked Tate to step down in the midst of Republican criticism over parole plans for a convicted murderer.

The Police Civilian Oversight Board released a list of finalists for the independent monitor position in August, which included Tate, Robert Copley, Rodney Saunders Jr., and Joel Winnig.

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