Monday, October 8, 2012
Former Walker staffer Kelly Rindfleisch is accused of using county time to complete campaign work for a Republican who lost the lieutenant governor race in 2010.
Gov. Scott Walker has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of his former aide, Kelly Rindfleisch. WKOW-TV in Madison reports that a subpoena has been served on Walker’s attorney, Michael Steinle and was filed with Milwaukee County Judge David Hanscher. The document was submitted to the courts Friday. Rindfleisch is accused of using county time to complete campaign work for a Republican who lost the lieutenant governor race in 2010, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Rindfleisch has pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of misconduct in office. Authorities say Rindfleisch committed misconduct while working her government job as deputy chief of staff for Walker, who was then Milwaukee County executive, WKOW-TV reports. …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Greendale State Rep. Jeff Stone is concerned that the $3.3 million cut will affect services in Milwaukee County suburbs.
County Executive Chris Abele announced on Monday a proposal to cut the County Sheriff’s budget by $3.3 million and pay the City of Milwaukee just half that amount to take over county park patrols and a portion of the county's 911 calls, according to JSOnline. This cut would mean the layoff of 23 department employees, 21 of them deputies. Part of the plan sends lakefront and park patrols, plus some county 911 calls to Milwaukee police. Abele said this move would provide budget savings. Greendale State Representative Jeff Stone thinks it's not a real solution. "The County Executive's recent proposal to eliminate 23 Sheriff's Deputy positions and to give $1.6 Million to the City of Milwaukee is flawed," Stone said in a release. "It has been …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After 10-year tenure of dealing with budget cuts and still winning awards, Black is "no longer with Milwaukee County," County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday.
- Jim Price
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Updated at 5 p.m. Thursday to include comments from County Executive Chris Abele. Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black was fired by County Executive Chris Able, who declined to say why Black was dismissed after a decade on the job. At an afternoon press conference, Abele declined to give any specific reason for terminating Black, saying only that his responsibility was to make decisions that were in the best interests of county taxpayers. Asked repeatedly what had changed in Black's relationship with the administration, Abele replied that he could not comment on personnel matters and would not indulge in "gossip." "What I owe you as an elected official is the best use of your tax dollars," Abele said. "What I owe you is responsible …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to the scene and was ambushed and shot up to nine times while attempting to help an injured victim. When support arrived, he refused help and ordered officers to go into the temple and help others.
Just more than 24 hours after the tragic mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, stories of heroes are emerging as details from the incident are revealed. When an unintelligible call came into the Oak Creek Police Department from a person inside the temple, 21-year department veteran Lt. Brian Murphy entered his squad and was first to the horrific scene just four minutes later. Murphy immediately came upon a wounded victim in the parking lot of the temple, and rushed to assist the person. At that moment, Murphy found himself in a situation most officers will only have to prepare for in their careers. While he was helping the victim, the 51-year-old officer was ambushed by the shooter — now identified as Wade Michael …
Friday, July 27, 2012
County Executive Chris Abele said the cost of adding the question to the ballot — at least $20,000 — is not worth an advisory referendum with no action behind it.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele plans to veto the county board's request for an advisory referendum regarding a well-known U.S. Supreme Court decision, citing the cost of adding it to the ballot. The referendum refers to an oft-criticized 2010 Supreme Court case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, in which the court ruled that the First Amendment protected political spending by corporations and unions in elections. On Thursday, the board voted 14-4 in favor of an advisory referendum that would ask Milwaukee County residents whether they support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would essentially override the Supreme Court decision. Abele spokesman Brendan Conway said the county executive agrees with the board's…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Abele was elected last year to replace Scott Walker.
Chris Abele, elected last year to serve the remainder of now-Gov. Scott Walker's term as Milwaukee County executive, will run unopposed for re-election this spring. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file the necessary paperwork to get on the ballot. The general election will be held April 3. A Franklin man, Steve Hogan, said in December that he would run against Abele. But he dropped out because he could not collect the required number of signatures for his nomination papers, according to a Journal Sentinel report. The county executive is elected to a four-year term. For more on this year's elections, visit the Elections page on Oak Creek Patch.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Clarke says Abele's $14 million in reductions to Sheriff's Department is "insane."
Editor's Note: When Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released his proposed 2012 budget, many groups felt the squeeze of budget cuts as Abele attempted to close a $55 million budget gap. Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. is one of those feeling the echo of those cuts. According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, amid shifting health care costs to employees and retirees, Abele is also slashing the sheriff's budget by $14 million, which the Journal Sentinel says will force Clarke to cancel the sheriff's boot camp program, reduced funds for drug enforcement and criminal investigators as well as a reduction in the department's K9 unit. "I respect and honor the role that the sheriff's office plays in maintaining safety in…
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's Campaign violated a county ban that prohibits soliciting donations from county employees.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele improperly solicited donations from county employees during his victorious campaign against Greendale State Rep. Jeff Stone by seeking staffers' attendance at a $50-per-person fundraiser held at Abele's home, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday. Abele said he was not aware of the ban and would make sure that it doesn't happen again. A campaign aid took responsibility for the mistake and said that a telephone solicitation for a barbecue fundraiser at Abele's mansion had likely been made to about 30 to 40 county employees and to a list of Abele supporters, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
With the election one day away, here is a look back at previous coverage and information on how to vote.
Oak Creek voters face several important decisions when they head to the polls on Tuesday. On the ballot are contested races for state Supreme Court, Milwaukee County executive and Oak Creek-Franklin School Board. Voters will also pick between Pedro Colon and Christopher Lipscomb for circuit court judge. And residents in the city's 1st District will choose between Dan Jakubczyk and Kathryn Michuda for a seat on the Oak Creek Common Council. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. To look up your voter information, visit the state's Voter Public Access site; for questions, call the clerk's office at (414) 768-6500. The clerk's office has also put together a handy guide to voting in Oak Creek, which includes a sample ballot. In case you …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Abele, Stone will weigh in on 794 Parkway extension, Hoan Bridge and more at South Milwaukee forum.
Residents hoping to hear what Milwaukee County executive candidates have to say about South Shore issues will have their chance. Jeff Stone and Chris Abele will participate in a "South Shore Forum for Economic Development" at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave. The forum will also include the mayors of St. Francis, Cudahy and South Milwaukee. Several topics at the forum will be of interest to Oak Creek residents. The Hoan Bridge, a possible extension of the Interstate 794 Parkway, the airport, mass transit and the lakefront will be among the issues discussed, according to a news release. "This event provides a great opportunity for South Shore residents to hear from current and future policy …