Mayor Tom Barrett names Leon Todd as executive director of Milwaukee's FPC

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday, Nov. 24, appointed Leon Todd as the executive director of the Fire and Police Commission. 

According to a news release from Mayor Barrett's office, the role of the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) Executive Director is to provide leadership, guidance, and coordination in public safety matters as a member of the Mayor’s cabinet and as chief administrator of the functions performed by the citizen Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The FPC Executive Director is responsible for all policy, financial, operational and strategic matters of the Fire and Police Commission.

“Leon Todd is an ideal candidate to lead the Fire and Police Commission because of his remarkable qualifications and his track record of dedicated service to all,” said Mayor Barrett. “I believe that he will bring the leadership necessary to oversee the Commission in an equitable and just manner.”

Todd has served as an Assistant State Public Defender for the Office of the State Public Defender Appellate Division since 2014. In his role, Todd has argued numerous cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, represented clients who are incarcerated throughout the state, and mentored and assisted in the hiring process of new attorneys. Todd previously served as a staff attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin, where he represented low-income clients in the areas of housing, family, public benefits, and consumer law. He began his legal career as a litigation associate at Foley & Larder.

Todd received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He grew up in the Sherman Park Neighborhood and attended Milwaukee Public Schools.

Todd is currently a member of the Board of the Directors for the Wisconsin Justice Initiative and Legal Action of Wisconsin, as well as a member of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers.

Todd will succeed Griselda Aldrete. His appointment as Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission is subject to Common Council confirmation. A public meeting will be convened so residents have the chance to hear directly from Todd and ask questions.

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