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Former Milwaukee police chief who sued city to lead Fitchburg department

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales poses at the Milwaukee Police Administration in Milwaukee. The former Milwaukee police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd’s death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department. The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Morales. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) — A former Milwaukee police chief who sued the city after he was demoted is the next chief in the Madison suburb of Fitchburg.

The city has posted the announcement on its website with a statement that said the Police and Fire Commission looks forward to working with Alfonso Morales. He was named a finalist for the job in July.

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission demoted Morales in 2020 after giving him seven pages of directives and threatening to discipline or fire him if he didn’t fulfill them. The commission demoted Morales to captain before he could complete the directives.

Morales retired, sued the city and the commission in federal court and ended up settling the case for $627,000.

Fitchburg Mayor Aaron Richardson said he supports the commission’s selection and has no concerns about Morales’ tenure in Milwaukee.

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