In speech, fired Parks Director Sue Black hints at what future may hold

MILWAUKEE -- Fired Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black gave an upbeat speech to a group of Milwaukee civic and business leaders Tuesday, November 20th. Black discussed her past with the County Parks System, and even hinted at what her future may hold.

Three months after she was fired, Black still wasn't commenting Tuesday on the circumstances of her dismissal. However, in an hour-long speech at the Milwaukee Rotary Club Tuesday, Black made it clear she's still fired up about the parks.

"I love nature and I love the outdoors and I love working with kids. When I first got the position, I said there are three things I care about: kids, the environment and accountability," Black said.

Black's entire presentation Tuesday discussed unfinished parks projects, and hinted she may have unfinished business with Milwaukee County.

"I want to make sure I contribute. I want to work with people. I like to think of myself as a uniter, rather than a divider," Black said.

Black served as Milwaukee County's Parks Director for nearly a decade, and during her service, the Milwaukee County Parks System won several awards. However, Black was fired by County Executive Chris Abele with no explanation.

"In terms of details of personnel decisions, I don't think it's appropriate to talk about them publicly, both to protect the person and to protect the county," Abele said.

When asked whether she would consider running against Abele for the County Executive position in the future, Black said: "Things work out the way they're going to work out. I've thought about it for a long time. I thought about it before Chris even ran." 

Abele sent a statement to FOX6 News, saying this regarding Black's future: "I'm not focused on anything other than implementing the 2013 budget and moving Milwaukee County forward. I wish Sue well in all of her future endeavors."

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