Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is proud to proclaim the week of March 13th – 19th, MCTS Excellence Week. The proclamation coincides with a special new website, RideMCTS.com/Excellence. Through pictures, videos and stories from riders, the website highlights the ways MCTS drivers, mechanics and other staff perform excellence every day.
Despite six years’ worth of improvements implemented by County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee County’s pension system is still plagued with systemic deficiencies and complexities that leave the current system unable to consistently provide clarity, transparency, and responsible management.
Results from a county-wide household survey on the Milwaukee County Parks system are in, and they show that Milwaukee County residents support County Executive Chris Abele’s vision for our Parks and that the County exceeds the national average in “satisfaction with overall value received” in County Parks.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) is expanding the number of ways the public can provide input on the organization’s 2018 budget. These include public comment and online feedback opportunities.
There’s never a dull moment in Milwaukee County Parks, and this past weekend was no exception. As skaters were hitting the rink at Red Arrow Park for the final Slice of Ice skating event of the season on Friday morning, golfers were teeing off in Grant and Lincoln Parks.
For more than 20 years, Milwaukee County has been serving children and families with mobile crisis response services.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County’s Department of Transportation Highway Division has won a Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.
From finally moving forward with a plan to remove the Estabrook Dam to an unprecedented jobs and economic development boom spurred by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s leadership, 2016 was a year of growth at Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and state Rep. David Crowley, chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Caucus, will on Tuesday, January 31st, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, host a community input session on the County’s Office on African American Affairs.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement on AB 24/SB 3 relating to project labor agreements.
County Executive Chris Abele yesterday announced the launch of Light & Unite Red, a campaign spearheaded by Milwaukee County to increase awareness about substance abuse among Milwaukee area teens.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will ask community leaders for input on the efforts of the County’s Office on African American Affairs. Ralph Hollmon will spearhead the group.
On Inauguration Day in Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele welcomed the state Legislature to the 2017-2018 session with the following statement.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County’s Housing Division will receive $4.1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an increase of more than $580,000 over last year’s award.
As part of his performance management initiative, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is this week highlighting County employees who are providing excellent service to our community and getting things done, such as the staff at the House of Correction, which in December received two more excellent annual inspections.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the Milwaukee County Fleet Management Division was awarded the “Fleet Top 100” honor for 2016 by The 100 Best Fleets, which recognizes the top fleet management teams in the Americas.
Through his performance management initiative, County Executive Chris Abele is not only transforming Milwaukee County into a model government in the way it serves residents and strengthens community, he’s helping departments and employees set goals, achieve them, and continue to aim higher. All this week, County Executive Abele will highlight the accomplishments of several County departments over the past year.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced the appointment of Margaret Daun as Corporation Counsel for Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today released a report prepared by GRAEF Consulting, the independent engineering firm contracted by the County to manage the community engagement process for the Domes, which confirms initial cost estimates for a variety of repair options at the Domes.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced his appointment of Holly Davis as director of the County’s Department on Aging. Ms. Davis began serving as interim director of the Department in September.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today released the following statement on the news that the Milwaukee County Pension Board reconsidered its previous decision on pension benefits for former County employee Dennis Dietscher, a previous Safety Coordinator in the Risk Management department, who in October was sentenced to 42 months incarceration after pleading guilty to felonious misconduct.
After working with Supervisors to find areas of compromise and reaching an agreement on the need for new revenue to ensure future sustainability, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that he would veto just one of the County Board’s 44 amendments to his 2017 Budget.
Following a vote by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement.
The Milwaukee Common Council today voted overwhelmingly in support of a plan introduced last month by Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Alds. Nik Kovac and Jim Bohl, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to temporarily rezone the land surrounding the Estabrook Dam so that the Dam could be removed by MMSD.
Over the past several months, support for the County Executive’s plan to save Milwaukee County’s transit system has grown dramatically from a wide range of constituencies.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that work has been completed in the Desert Dome at the Mitchell Park Conservatory, and that the third and final Dome will reopen to the public this Saturday, October 29th – about a week ahead of schedule.
Ahead of action next week by both the Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to move forward on a proposal to remove the Estabrook Dam, here’s a look at what community members are telling County Executive Chris Abele about the Estabrook Dam.
The Public Policy Forum (PPF), a nonpartisan research organization, has released its review of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s proposed 2017 budget, finding that while the County has “impressively reduced” its long-time structural deficit under Abele’s leadership, a “sizable injection” of new revenue is required to maintain existing County service levels and continue to catch up on deferred maintenance.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced his reappointment of Kerry Mitchell as the County’s chief human resources officer, following five years of exemplary service to Milwaukee County that has included positively transforming the County’s operational human resources functions, implementing a national award-winning Employee Wellness Program, and developing new and innovative ways to invest in hard-working County employees.
In an email and video sent to County employees, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced the results of the County’s first ever Employee Engagement survey, an important step in Abele’s efforts to build a stronger employee culture in Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee County isn’t the only locality facing tough choices when it comes to funding transportation and infrastructure needs; as Milwaukee County explores a $60 vehicle registration fee to save our transit system and continue paying down deferred maintenance, a statewide series of townhalls reveals that other communities are exploring new revenue, service cuts, and project delays.
Milwaukee County will hold a Job Fair for Veterans this Thursday, October 6th, from 9am-1pm at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Alders Nik Kovac and Jim Bohl, John Hermes and Kevin Shafer of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today released a joint letter of intent to take the steps necessary to remove the Estabrook Dam.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today introduced his 2017 Executive Budget, a proposal that makes critical investments in building a stronger, safer, healthier community. The county executive believes this can be accomplished while maintaining a strong record of fiscal responsibility.
Ahead of his 2017 budget proposal, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
announced a series of investments in Milwaukee’s future, to include a sustainable path towards a
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the Tropical Dome is again open to the public.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to enter into the Project Development (PD) phase of the East-West Bus Rapid Transit Project, a critical next step in the process to modernize our transit system and drive economic activity in all corners of the County.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s reappointment of Director of Health and Human Services Director Hector Colon today won the approval of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, on an 11-6 vote.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced his reappointment of Héctor Colón as director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, following six years of exemplary service to Milwaukee County that has included oversight of the County’s reform of mental health care, the launch of the County’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and strong leadership on the County’s push to transform our juvenile justice system into a national best-practice model.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced a series of nine County-wide public workshops to take place between Sept. 13 and Oct. 5 as part of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture’s “Parks with Purpose” planning campaign.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County closed on the sale of the Downtown Transit Center to developer Rick Barrett, the final hurdle in moving forward on the Couture project, a transformative economic development on Milwaukee’s lakefront that will create thousands of new, good-paying jobs.
Milwaukee County Exeggutor Chris Abele today released the following statement in response to some conflicting information regarding the County’s position on Pokémon GO in our County Parks.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today that he has selected Holly Davis to permanently fill the Director position for the County’s Department on Aging.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today proclaimed August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and County officials, to include County Board Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, will participate in the Milwaukee County Breastfeeding Coalition’s Community Walk and “Big Latch On” event this Saturday, August 6th.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to two key votes today by the County’s Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee and the City of Milwaukee Public Works Committee’s to approve the County’s plan to advance Bus Rapid Transit.
The White House today announced the launch of President Barack Obama’s Data Driven Justice Initiative, naming Milwaukee County, under County Executive Chris Abele’s leadership, one of 67 local governments chosen to participate in the program that aims to reduce incarceration through comprehensive, data-driven reforms.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to the City of Wauwatosa Transportation Committee’s vote last night to approve the County’s plan to advance Bus Rapid Transit.
In the wake of North Carolina HB 2 that mandates individuals use the restroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth, and amid reports that a similar proposal may be reconsidered in Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced a new bathroom policy in the Milwaukee County Executive’s office – use whichever restroom you like.
I want to thank the County Board for unanimously supporting the mission of the Office on African American Affairs today.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County’s Parks Department will plant an additional 70 trees this spring, thanks to a partnership with the Brewers Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
I’m excited to officially welcome Supervisors Marcelia Nicholson, David Sartori, Dan Sebring, Sequanna Taylor, and Sheldon Wasserman to the County Board.
Today we commemorate another unfortunate Equal Pay Day, which represents the extra 103 days of work the average American woman has to work to earn what a man earned the year before. This is an outrage and an offense to the American idea that everyone should have an equal chance to live a better life.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. today announced that Summerfest will be the newest addition to the County’s Purple Heart Pass program, offering Purple Heart Pass cardholders up to eight free admissions to Summerfest in 2016.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has provided its concurrence on the County’s disposition plan for the Downtown Transit Center, the final hurdle that was standing in the way of the Couture development and the redevelopment of the underutilized transit facility.
Community members in the Amani neighborhood have been celebrating the revitalization of Milwaukee County’s Moody Park since its grand reopening last summer, and now they have even more to celebrate as the Park’s renovation has been recognized with a Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) award for the best public space that builds community.
After sitting vacant and undeveloped for 15 years, ninety-eight percent of the land in the Park East Corridor is either under development or has an option to purchase, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today, the first business day of spring.
Earlier today, County Executive Chris Abele voted for the appointment of three individuals to the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) District Board, which makes policy and budgetary decisions for MATC.
In advance of tomorrow evening’s public hearing on the status of the Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement
Abele Budget Holds the Line on Property Taxes and Calls for Removal of Estabrook Dam
County Executive Chris Abele will join Amani neighborhood residents and community partners on Thursday, August 20th to celebrate the grand re-opening of Calvin Moody Park, located at 2200 W. Burleigh St.
As the result of an ongoing partnership between Milwaukee County and MillerCoors, County Executive Chris Abele will be participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 19th at 3:00 p.m. that marks the opening of the new South Shore Terrace, a new beachside concession area located in Bay View’s South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive. With a focus on Lake Michigan, the enhanced area will offer a new gathering place from spring through fall that celebrates Milwaukee and sustains community.
Today, the Economic and Community Development Committee approved an agreement with local business and community leaders to sell an outmoded County property to a developer and match a significant contribution to an economic development fund that will help invigorate Milwaukee’s near-west side.
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the next significant phase of mental health redesign in Milwaukee County. The County is seeking a provider to provide inpatient, observation and emergency services. This will allow BHD to hone its focus on what it does best – assure access to high-quality services for those who need it.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Parks Director John Dargle, Jr will kick off the latest leg of the 2015 Traveling Beer Garden Tour on Wednesday, July 15 at 4 p.m. The keg tapping will take place at Mitchell Park on The Domes Plaza.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced this afternoon that all MCTS buses will be free on Monday, July 6, 2015.
Although County Executive Abele is disappointed in today’s decision by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to reject a reasonable contract offer and strike, he is confident that a deal will soon be agreed to that respects both transit workers and taxpayers.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he is thrilled with the Supreme Court ruling today that guarantees a right to same-sex marriage across the country.
I appreciate Judge Foley's clear decision allowing the redevelopment of the underused Downtown Transit Center to move forward. The planned Couture development will create a vibrant public space that improves access to the lakefront, creates thousands of jobs and adds another signature building to Milwaukee.
Through this innovative partnership, approximately $1.8 million will be devoted annually to ending chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County.
Together, we have struck a deal that not only keeps the Bucks in Milwaukee, but will create jobs, generate millions of dollars in economic activity and property value, and provide a great return on investment for taxpayers.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Parks Director John Dargle, Jr, will kick off the 2015 Traveling Beer Garden Tour, Wednesday, May 20 at 4 p.m. The keg tapping will take place near the chalet in Dretzka Park, with music by Dobie The Concertina Man. Dretzka Park is located at 12020 W. Bradley Road.
In all of these efforts, my goal has always been the best quality education for as many kids and their families as possible, delivered in the fairest, most sustainable way possible.
As part of a significant compromise, County Executive Abele approved the majority of the Board’s 59 amendments and, through the veto process, he is proposing compromises that will improve services and lower property taxes.
A Milwaukee County employee has been named the “2014 Advocate of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
County Executive Abele’s 2015 Recommended Budget fixes a $32 million structural deficit, lowers debt, improves services like transit, mental health, parks, highways and public safety and does it all without raising taxes.
If Supervisors sustain the veto they will help save $28 million dollars over five years and help ensure the viability of a program that provides help to frail, elderly and disabled residents across eight counties.
Supervisors, I am writing you today hoping we can reach a compromise on the transit situation.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is issuing vetoes to the 2014 Budget that will lower property taxes $1.6 million while adding $2 million to the Debt Service Reserve, the County’s rainy day fund.
My 2014 Proposed Budget does not include a tax increase and continues to lower the County’s massive long term debt, features more than ten million dollars in new and repurposed public safety funding.
Milwaukee County is taking a proactive approach to help people understand
and enroll in health plans as the Affordable Healthcare Care Act (ACA) is
rolled out October 1st.
The Board's plan puts Milwaukee County on a less sustainable path and unnecessarily spends tax dollars. However, in the interest of moving forward, I am returning it unsigned and will take this opportunity to reiterate my concerns.
The Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is negotiating with MV Transportation, Inc. to take over the management of the Milwaukee County transit system. The following questions and answers clarify the way forward as we move towards this management change.
Restoration of funding cuts and maintaining transit system funding from the Transportation Fund are critical to maintaining dependable service for the workers, employers and students in Milwaukee County.
I am grateful for the hard work the Governor and all of you have and will put into this process. However, there are some provisions of the proposed budget that I want to encourage you to rethink.
When I decided to run for office two years ago, I did so because I knew we had to do better in Milwaukee County government. I know that if we are afraid to make big changes then Milwaukee County will not be around for our children and certainly not for generations after.
Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the Subcommittee.
County Executive Abele released this statement today in response to the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
Thank you Hector and Bishop McClelland for your kind words and important reflections and thank you Chief Judge Jeffery Kremers for administering the Oath of Office and for your thoughtful leadership in the Courts.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement Monday afternoon on the new County Board Chair.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele welcomes the new Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. The new board will be sworn in Monday, April 16, 2012.