Milwaukee Narrows Chief Choice To 5 Insiders

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Milwaukee’s next police chief will come from the department’s ranks. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a commission yesterday removed three outside candidates from contention. The five remaining candidates are deputy inspectors Ramon Galaviz, 44, and Joseph Whiten, 52; captains Nan Hegerty, 52, and Richard Oliva, 49; and Michael Young, 44, a lieutenant of detectives. Eliminated were Gerald Cliff, an inspector with the Detroit Police Department; Peter Pochowski, director of security for the Milwaukee Public Schools; Susan Edman, a captain who, like Hegerty, was vying to become the city’s first female police chief; Johnny Smith, a former Milwaukee police captain who is now the administrator for the state Division of Gaming; and Steven Spingola, a Milwaukee lieutenant of detectives.

Police Chief Arthur Jones’ seven-year term ends Nov. 15. The next chief serves a four-year term. Jones, who has had a contentious relationship with the commission but applied to keep his job, was eliminated from contention July 28.

A Hegerty selection would make Milwaukee the largest city in the country with a female police chief. Atlanta, Houston and Portland, Ore., have had female chiefs, but none does now.


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