MILWAUKEE - Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman made his case for the permanent job during an interview Thursday, Oct. 7 before the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.
"I am born, raised and continue to be a resident of our fine city," said Norman.
Norman has been a member of the Milwaukee Police Department for 25 years. He is now hoping to be the permanent chief, sharing his vision with the Fire and Police Commission Thursday night.
"The vision for the department I have is where every member works for our community to help build sustainable neighborhoods free of crime, built on healthy relationships," said Norman.
The department has been without a permanent chief since August 2020. in September 2021, the FPC invited Norman to apply as the sole applicant, choosing not to open another nationwide search to speed up the process.
"It’s certainly kind of a big mess that you inherited, and I wish you luck and skill in helping all of us get out of that," said Commissioner Joan Kessler.
Commissioner Kessler acknowledged the challenges, asking Norman how he will help the city comply with the Collins settlement. It requires the city to document changes to its "stop and frisk policies" by 2023. Reports show the department is behind.
"We do have a plan," said Norman. "We are putting together a compliance plan."
Norman stressed his dedication to both the department and the people it serves.
"I wouldn’t want my family, my friends and my children to be subjected to unconstitutional policing," said Norman.
The next step in the interview process is for norman to take questions from the public. There will be three community meetings. The first will be held at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center on Saturday, Oct. 23.