The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission will choose a new police chief today, with the strong favorite believed to be Police Commissioner Edward Flynn of Springfield, Ma., reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Many within the Police Department and at City Hall continue to push for Capt. James Harpole to replace outgoing Chief Nannette Hegerty.
Flynn’s selection marks only the second time that the department went outside its ranks for a chief. Flynn was a late addition to the search process and became the last of the 45 candidates considered. He was added at the suggestion of consultants George Kelling and Robert Wasserman, two nationally recognized experts on policing who are conducting a review of the department. Flynn would bring nearly two decades of management experience, including time overseeing state public safety functions in Massachusetts. Flynn, who has spent his career on the East Coast, has called Milwaukee a “capstone job.”