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Ald. Donovan delivers State of Public Safety address, pleased Chief Flynn is retiring

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Alderman Bob Donovan delivered a State of Public Safety address on Tuesday.

Donovan did not hold back on his assessment of what the city under Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and current leadership has done.

“I would like to stand here and tell you that this is an orderly community where people feel safe to live, work, play and yes, drive. But that would not be the truth,” he said.

In his address, Donovan outlined the need for improvements in traffic enforcement, the juvenile justice system and financing the city’s municipal operations. When talking about the police department, Donovan said morale is low and officers are tired. He hopes new leadership will help curb some of these problems.

“I wish Chief Flynn no ill. I do, however, believe it is in the best interest of the City of Milwaukee that he move on,” he said. “When it comes to public safety, Milwaukee needs a fresh start and a new direction.”

Donovan said he hopes the new chief will have roots in Milwaukee and be willing and able to work with the community.

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