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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

In-Person Absentee Voting Update, Final Westside Community Conversation, Eleven Candidates for District 7 Vacancy

October 22, 2020 12:37 PM

In-Person Absentee Voting Update

Due to thunderstorms, in-person absentee voting will only be indoors today. 

The following locations will be open for in-person absentee voting:

  • City Clerk's Office (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • UW-Madison Memorial Union (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Hawthorne Library (12 - 6 p.m.)
  • Pinney Library (12 - 6 p.m.)
  • Meadowridge Library (12 - 6 p.m.)

Appointments to vote absentee at Alicia Ashman Library today have been moved to the City Clerk's Office.

The following sites will not be open for absentee voting today in order to keep voters, Clerk's Office employees, and our voting equipment safe during this inclement weather:

  • Union South
  • Student Activity Center
  • Lakeview Library
  • Alicia Ashman Library
  • Goodman Madison South Library
  • Sequoya Library
  • Madison College Truax Campus
  • Madison College South Campus

The Clerk's Office appreciates the patience and understanding of the community as we prioritize safety in the midst of this pandemic.


On behalf of Alders Henak, Harrington-McKinney, Skidmore and Albouras - we would like to thank the Residents, Staff, and guest Alders Evers (District 13) and Lemmer (District 3) for participating in our Community Conversations.  Following are the presentation materials from the October 21 City Budget Presentation by Laura Larsen, information detailing the MPD budget prepared by Captain Patton (West) and Captain Freedman (Midtown) and a link to the budget website. 

At the budget website, you are able to track a department you are interested in, look at their budget request, look at what the mayor allocated, then watch Friday to see if there are any amendments made to their allocation. 

Presentation by Laura Larsen City Budget Manager 


Madison City Budget Website

MPD BUDGET INFORMATION FAQ's: Midtown and West District Captains 

Does the executive budget reflect a functional cut to MPD and the services that we are able to provide to the community? Yes

Does the 2021 executive budget increase funding to MPD compared to 2020? Yes –But 2021 increases are primarily a result of city negotiated pay raises for MPPOA and AMPS that begin in January of 2021. This amounts to an increase of $3.825. There is also a $219,500 grant match increase and an $84,000 supplies and services increase.  

Does the executive budget reduce MPD's authorized strength? Yes – As a result of eliminating the SRO program, MPD's authorized strength is being reduced from 483 to 479, accounting for $31,000 of the cuts in the 2021 executive budget.  Once schools reopen, expect an increase in workload for dayshift patrol as calls normally addressed or mitigated by the SRO will now go directly to patrol services.

Beyond the SRO and the changes to Parking Enforcement and the Crossing Guards, does the executive budget cut funding to MPD?Yes – The additional $1 million in cuts proposed could be offset if MPPOA re-opens their contract and if they agree to concessions equaling that amount. If that does not occur, MPD will need to make additional cuts via holding vacant civilian positions open; cutting commissioned positions; shrinking the academy size; and/or imposing furloughs on commissioned personnel. These cuts will adversely impact the service MPD is able to provide to the community.

How many additional officers are needed based on the most recent patrol workload analysis done in 2019? 18 – Based on multiple analyses over multiple years, including the most recent, MPD is understaffed when compared to peer cities and relevant national averages.  Being understaffed creates internal challenges in terms of getting time off or being able to attend trainings, as well as external both in terms of being able to provide adequate patrol services as well as a variety of non-patrol services including neighborhood policing and community outreach.

How many non-patrol or closed officer positions have been cut in recent years to move personnel back to patrol to account for increasing workload? 19 - Safety Ed, PM TEST, Community Policing Teams, CORE, Gang and Neighborhood Officer positions have all experienced cuts.  These cuts have not been sufficient to provide significant unallocated time or flexibility to patrol officers, but have allowed us to maintain minimum patrol needs.

When will the City absorb our share of the Town of Madison and how many additional commissioned personnel does analysis suggest will be required to account for the additional workload demands of this area?2022 and 13 additional officers – By reducing police staffing, the 2021 executive budget exacerbates the impact that absorbing the town will bring in terms of the ability to provide basic police services. Given the time lag between hiring officers and having them field ready, waiting to add necessary officers to the 2022 academy will not have officers available in time.

Will the new initiatives included in the executive budget, related to mental health response and violence prevention, relieve workload on MPD? Unknown –MPD is supportive of the concepts in principle, however there a number of potential hurdles and unknowns including statutory requirements for law enforcement in significant aspects of mental health response.  Further, cutting police staffing before other methods are proven and in place will create gaps in service and accompanying risks to community members and service providers.

Does the unprecedented gun violence in Madison in 2020 represent a significant drain on MPD resources? Yes – Shots fired incidents are up 76% through September compared to 2019 and we are experiencing record numbers of casings recovered and persons struck by gunfire. These calls and follow up investigations tie up large number of personnel for extended periods of time resulting in more time spent on priority calls and thereby significant delays or inability to respond to other call types.  In all of 2019, 473 shell casings were recovered in Madison. Through the end of September of this year, we have recovered 837.  Gun violence, property crimes and dangerous driving continue to be the top three concerns that I hear from residents.

Vacant District 7 City Council Seat - 11 Resumes Received

Council President Sheri Carter received eleven (11) resumes to fill the vacant Aldermanic District 7 seat by the 4:30 p.m. deadline on October 21, 2020.

The following individuals will be invited to participate in the interview process to serve out the current 7th District Aldermanic term:

  1. Joe Balles, 7130 Lindfield Road
  2. Dolph Courchaine, 6810 Stratford Drive
  3. Anthony Gray, 7129 Countrywood Lane
  4. Mara Jarvis, 21 Lancaster Court
  5. Badri Lankella, 3017 Winter Park Place
  6. Suzanne McConnell, 3355 North Stone Creek Circle
  7. Rahma Mohamed, 2837 Cimarron Trail
  8. Steve Schofield, 2909 Tucson Trail
  9. Kavin Senapathy, 6125 Jeffers Drive
  10. David Sherrard, 1 Willowbrook Court
  11. Nasra Wehelie, 3521 Basalt Lane

The Common Council Executive Committee (CCEC) will hold a special meeting at 4:30 pm on Friday, October 30, 2020 to interview the applicants and make a final recommendation to the Council for appointment at the November 17, 2020 Common Council Meeting. The person selected will serve until the new alder is seated on April 20, 2021.



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