MPD Acting Chief Norman in running for Wauwatosa police chief opening

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Police Department's command staff experienced more turmoil Wednesday, June 2, after a source told CBS 58 current Acting Chief Jeffrey Norman is in the running for Wauwatosa's police chief opening.

Norman was named acting chief in December.

"The focus is on the good and welfare of this city, the good and welfare of this department. My abilities speak for itself in regards to being chosen in the acting position, there has to be some level of confidence in what I bring to the table," said Norman in a December interview with CBS 58.

He took over for retiring Acting Chief Michael Brunson in December. Brunson had taken over for demoted Chief Alfonso Morales last August.

It was supposed to be a short-term job for Norman, but the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission did not approve a police chief finalist before halting its search, in part because of a lawsuit filed by Morales challenging his demotion.

A Milwaukee County judge ruled the FPC's demotion of Morales was fundamentally flawed. Two weeks ago, the judge ordered the city to reach a settlement with Morales or reinstate him as chief by this summer.

Wednesday, a source told CBS 58 Acting Chief Norman is in the running for the Wauwatosa police chief job.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber retired Tuesday.

The Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission has tentatively scheduled public interviews with its police chief finalists starting June 14.

Milwaukee's police chief search has stopped until it's known whether Morales is restored to the position or settles with the city.

Norman had applied to be Milwaukee's top cop after Morales was demoted.

He was not part of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission's final cut.

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