Attorney: Former MPD Chief Morales intends to retire, potentially pursue legal action
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Former Milwaukee Police Department Chief Alfonso Morales is planning to retire, according to his attorney Frank Gimbel on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The decision comes after his demotion to police captain on Aug. 6.
"Based on current financial circumstances, Chief Morales has decided that, at the moment, he is going to exercise his option for retirement. Notwithstanding that, he has authorized us, and instructed us to pursue his remedies flowing from the decision of the sixth of August after the Fire and Police Commission demoted him to the position of captain," Gimbel said.
Frank Gimbel, attorney for former Chief Alfonso Morales, says Morales plans to retire. "The paper work is in process."— Brittany Lewis (@brittlewisnews) August 12, 2020
He also said his office is waiting on documents from the FPC explaining their decision to demote Morales & they will then decide what the next steps will be.
"Once we receive that, we will decide as to whether or not we are going to seek judicial review of that decision -- because our office thinks that there are huge procedural issues associated with that meeting -- bring a claim against the city in the form of filing a notice of claim, filing a state or federal civil rights action for the Fire and Police Commission's depriving Chief Morales of his property under the employment contract without due process," said Gimbel.
Gimbel says they are probably several days away from making a decision as they wait for information from the Fire and Police Commission.
CBS 58 has reached out to the Fire and Police Commission about this, but has not yet heard back.