Search begins to find Milwaukee's next police chief

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (FPC) has launched a local and national search to seek a new chief for the Milwaukee Police Department. 

The FPC on Wednesday, Aug. 11, released their list of qualifications for the job, and will accept applications until Sept. 11.

The announcement comes after former MPD Chief Alfonso Morales was demoted by the FPC to captain on Aug. 6. The FPC said they stand together in the decision to change leadership during these critical times. 

In a news release, the FPC said they are dedicated to restoring trust and seasoned leadership within the Milwaukee Police Department and the City of Milwaukee.

"As a united Board of Commissioners, we stand together in our decision to change leadership during these critical times – of not simply unrest – but of civil rights movement.

While we are Commissioners of the Fire & Police Commission, we are also members of this community as well.

We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, neighbors, friends, allies, and more.

So that healing and trust in the process from the community occurs, the Board of Commissioners will immediately begin a local and national search for the next Milwaukee Police Chief. This will be an inclusive, transparent, and non-political process, with involvement from residents and community organizations. While we welcome comments from the Mayor and members of the Common Council, it is the residents whom we must give the greatest voice during this process."

The FPC said the application process will be sure to have adequate community engagement and a wide-pool of candidates to choose from. 

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