MILWAUKEE - There is no deal so far in the ongoing lawsuit between ousted Police Chief Alfonso Morales and the City of Milwaukee. According to Morales' attorneys, mediation on Saturday, June 19 did not go well.
In less than two weeks, Morales could return as Milwaukee's top cop. But Milwaukee is going to try to make a case on why they deserve a deadline extension.
According to one of Morales' lawyers, the two sides met Saturday but did not reach an agreement.
Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has previously told FOX6 News he hopes a resolution comes from mediation efforts.
"I would like to see it come to fruition, it has to be fair to our taxpayers obviously and I have been very very clear I think the fire and police commission made some serious procedural errors and that’s clearly what the judge found also," Barrett said on June 10.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Last month, Judge Christopher Foley ordered Morales to be reinstated as chief of police within 45 days – unless he and the city could agree on a settlement. That puts Morales' return date at July 3.
The Morales legal team has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that accuses the city of stalling.
Later this week, the city will ask Judge Foley to extend his 45-day deadline for reinstatement.
Attorney Franklyn Gimbel said his team will strongly oppose that request.
The city attorney tells FOX6 News the city will continue to try and resolve this matter, but cannot comment further because this is ongoing litigation.
The next hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday. It will be held via Zoom.