Group of Milwaukee pastors endorses Hoyt Mahaley as city's next police chief

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee pastors came together Tuesday, Oct. 20, to call for community input and transparency in the selection of the city's next police chief.

"We feel strongly that the problems with policing in our communities are imminently solvable with the right leadership."

Pastors for a Better Milwaukee expressed concern over the selection process. 

Among their greatest concerns -- policing and incarceration of African Americans, particularly African American men. 

With those concerns in mind, the group is endorsing Milwaukee native and FBI native Hoyt Mahaley.

"Mr. Mahaley has the right balance of being from here but not immediately of here," said Bishop Darryl Hines, of Christian Faith Fellowship Church. "His time and distance from our city provides him with refreshing perspective and ensures that he's not entrenched and beholding to any of the usual political structures."

The Fire and Police Commission hopes to make a final decision by the beginning of December.

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