Mayor Barrett appoints task force on Milwaukee's pension system

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Mayor Tom Barrett filled his 13-member task force to address the impending financial issues with Milwaukee's pension system.

Work has been done to manage the growing costs, but nothing has sufficiently dealt with the issue.

The panel includes representatives of city government, public employee unions and prominent community members. 

Mayor Barrett has asked Antonio Riley to serve as chair of the task force. Riley is a former regional administrator at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and previously served as executive director of WHEDA and in the state Legislature.

Other members of the Task Force include:

  • Joe’Mar Hooper, Public member
  • Mark Nicolini, Public member
  • Gina Spang, Public member
  • Nik Kovac, Alderman 3rd District
  • Dennis Yaccarino, City of Milwaukee Budget & Management Director
  • Nicole Fleck, City of Milwaukee Labor Negotiator
  • Jerry Allen, City of Milwaukee Employees’ Retirement System CEO
  • Beth Cleary, City of Milwaukee Deferred Compensation Executive Director
  • Michael Bongiorno, President, International Association of Firefighters Local 215
  • Andy Wagner, Vice President, Milwaukee Police Association
  • Carmelo Patti, Vice President, Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization
  • Mark Pelzek, President, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees District Council 32

The task force will begin its work next week.

Mayor Barrett has asked that the task force present its findings by mid-August of this year.

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