FPC executive director under fire after scathing resignation letter from former employee

NOW: FPC executive director under fire after scathing resignation letter from former employee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- There's controversy within Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission. Cheryl Patane is one of four employees who's resigned since Sept. 1, along with three others who were fired, and two more who have taken leave due to stress. Patane’s letter attributed it all to one common factor. 

In a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5 FPC Executive Director Griselda Aldrete was subjected to questioning about whether the work she is doing with the FPC is helping rebuild the commission or not. Members of the community have expressed concerns ranging from her appointment as executive director to her experience in being able to lead it.

Since her appointment four months ago, Aldrete has terminated three people, hired four, but has two on FMLA. She says she is a transparent individual and has promised to stay that way since she started as executive director. However, Aldrete said it's going to take some time to address issues that were in place before she took over her position. 

This doesn't add up what we have heard today. You're doing twice the word with half the staff," said Aldrete. "We need the facts, we need the information so that we can make the best decisions possible for the citizens. I want to move forward. I don't want to leave this table with anyone thinking I walk on water because I don't. I'm not perfect and I never said I was."

The FPC is currently at 14 vacancies out of 28.

In response, Mayor Barrett released the following statement: 

“Under the leadership of Fire and Police Commission Director Griselda Aldrete, the department is undergoing changes to increase accountability and transparency. The Mayor is very supportive of these efforts.”
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