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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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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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Search for Next Chief of Police Update

August 26, 2020 9:42 AM

The Police and Fire Commissioners (PFC) is in the process of conducting a search for the next Chief of Police for the City of Madison. Here's more info on the PFC:
The Police and Fire Commission is an independent statutory body overseeing the hiring, promotion, discipline, and terminations of police and fire personnel in the City of Madison. The 5 commissioners are appointed by the Mayor to staggered five-year terms. The purpose of having an independent commission is to separate police and fire staffing matters from local politics.
The Board issued the following press release yesterday about their search:
The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison (PFC) continues to gather public input in its search for the next Chief of Police for the City of Madison. The PFC has established the following methods for public input:
  • The PFC recently launched a community input survey. To participate, visit:
  • The PFC will be conducting virtual town hall meetings on the afternoon of Saturday, September 12, 2020, and the evening of Thursday, September 17, 2020. For more information, visit
  • The PFC is working with Local Voices Network (LVN) to guide small group conversations. For dates and information, visit
  • Members of the public may submit written comments to the following e-mail address:
  • The PFC will be engaging with community members through call-in discussions on local radio shows, such as WORT (September 1, 2020, from Noon to 1:00 P.M.) and LaMovida (August 31, 2020, from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.)
  • The PFC continues to obtain public input at its meetings from individuals and organizations. To register, e-mail
  • Community members may leave a voice message with their input (which will be transcribed). To leave a message, call: (608) 266-6574.
  • Community members may provide written input via U.S. Mail to the following address: Attorney Jenna E. Rousseau, 205 Doty Street, Suite 201, Green Bay, WI 54301.
  • For information and updates, visit the PFC's webpage:
The virtual town hall meeting on September 17, 2020, will be the final opportunity for the public to provide guided general input through interactive discussions with the PFC regarding the qualities and characteristics that the PFC should consider for the next Chief of Police. The PFC will continue to receive general input via e-mail, telephone message, and U.S. Mail. The PFC anticipates that once it identifies finalists for the position, it will re-engage the public in the process.

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