Board of Supervisors

Ryan Clancy

4th District Supervisor


Milwaukee County Courthouse

Dear Neighbor,

I’m honored to represent you. I’m excited to work for you, and with you, to make this a Milwaukee for all of us. If you have anything that I can help you with, feel free to email or call me. If I can’t help you myself, I’ll try to put you in contact with someone who can. If you have ideas or suggestions on how to make this a better place for us all, I’d like to hear those, too.

Best Regards,
Supervisor Ryan Clancy

How to Contact the 4th District

Call my office at (414) 278-4232

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About Supervisor Clancy

Supervisor Ryan Clancy was elected in 2020 after knocking on more than 10,000 doors (and, during the pandemic, then making hundreds of phone connections) with residents from across the 4th District.

Ryan has a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education from Beloit College, and a master's degree in negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with coursework on the ground in Israel and Palestine.

A lifelong activist, his advocacy has taken him to the Philippines, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, to Indonesia, where he trained to do unarmed protective accompaniment for human rights volunteers, and to Iraq, where he worked with students and protested the occupation in 2003. Closer to home, in Virginia he worked with youth from areas of conflict around the world, protested at Standing Rock, and has been arrested or risked arrest protesting for immigrant rights in Milwaukee and Racine.

A frequent volunteer with disaster relief organizations, Ryan has volunteered in shelters in areas of natural disasters, as well as warming rooms in Milwaukee County.

Ryan taught for Milwaukee Public Schools for years, first as a substitute teacher, where he became familiar with schools and families across the city, and then in a project-based MPS school, and has continued to advocate for public schools, and all students.

Since 2014, Ryan and his wife Becky have run a bar/restaurant/community center/entertainment complex in the Polonia neighborhood. Based on that experience, he founded the Progressive Restaurant and Activists of Wisconsin Network, which advocates for higher wages, paid time-off and better working conditions for employees in the service industry.

Ryan and Becky live in the Bay View neighborhood with their five children: Desmond, James, Alex, Sebastian and Fiona, their friend Carlos, and a hedgehog.

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2020 Legislative Items Sponsored or Co-Sponsored by Supervisor Clancy

  • 20-379 - A resolution calling upon the United States Congress to appropriate monies in direct federal aid specifically to state and local governments as a replacement for tax revenues lost due to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • 20-287 - A resolution to modify the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other Departments to adopt the Wisconsin Caregiver Law for barrable offenses as part of the background check process for contract agency employees who provide direct care and services to youth, adhere to the State of Wisconsin Rehabilitation appeals review process, retain the County’s policy to recognize Wisconsin Chapter 948 Crimes Against Children as a barrable offense (for those offenses not already barred by the State Caregiver Law) and urge the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board which oversees.
  • 20-285 - A resolution calling upon the United States Congress to repeal the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (1994 Crime Bill), and further calling upon Congress to pass and the President to sign, the People’s Justice Guarantee.
  • 20-434 - A resolution supporting State of Wisconsin legislation which would enable counties to impose fees on transportation network company (TNC) rides with the revenues supporting local transportation costs (05/28/20 County Board Meeting: Referred to the Committee on Transportation, Public Works, and Transit).
  • 20-402 - A resolution waiving interest and penalties on delinquent real property tax installment payments pursuant to 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 to provide relief to Milwaukee County property owners that self-certify they used at least 25% of the property as their primary residence and/or owner-occupied business during the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • 20-464 - A resolution condemning racial injustice across the United States and in Milwaukee County and seeking the dismantling of institutional and structural racism, and requesting informational reports from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation, and Circuit Court about policies and practices to achieve racial equity.
  • 20-528 - A resolution mandating the use of facemasks or face coverings by all passengers and operators on Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses to mitigate the spread and infection rate of COVID-19.
  • 20-527 - A resolution proposing practical reforms to Wisconsin hate crimes statutes and giving false information to police officers on the basis of race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of a person; proposing additional guidelines to the National Neighborhood Watch Program to mitigate instances of unconscious racial bias, and proposing efforts to enable police departments are able to screen for and reduce “living while Black” racially-motivated calls for police service.
  • 20-536 - A resolution stating opposition to the use of chokeholds and asphyxia by County employees to gain compliance from individuals when physical force is required and stating personnel should use de-escalation techniques first whenever possible; and requesting the Civil Service Commission prohibit chokeholds and asphyxia in Rule VII, Section 4 of the Civil Service Rules for the Milwaukee County Government.
  • 20-571 - A resolution supporting municipal public health facemask ordinances and calling upon State of Wisconsin policymakers to implement a statewide facemask policy to mitigate the spread and hasten the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • 20-576 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin and all Wisconsin counties to make positive policy changes which will work toward eliminating systemic poverty and inequality.
  • 20-548 - A resolution authorizing and directing the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture to change the name of Wahl Park to Harriet Tubman Park and processing a fund transfer request in the amount of $9,750 from Org. Unit 1800-1945 - Appropriation for Contingencies to an appropriate account within Org. Unit 9000 - Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture.
  • 20-448 - A resolution establishing a Milwaukee County policy of recalling furloughed public workers, including seasonal staff, at 40 percent of original work hours, should employees experience significant delays in receiving unemployment insurance from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
  • 20-611 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin to remove statutorily mandated property tax levies toward regional planning commissions from county property tax levy limits.
  • 20-613 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin to revise representation on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) based on population.
  • 20-672 - Requesting and authorizing the Department of Administrative Services, Information Management Services Division, to establish a cost estimate and strategic timeline to develop and support a multi-platform mobile app that provides users with access to a full range of emergency and non-emergency Milwaukee County Services.
  • 20-681 - A resolution supporting State of Wisconsin legislation which would address policing accountability and transparency.
  • 20-678 - A resolution to allocate $35,000 from Org. Unit 1940-1945 - Appropriation for Contingencies to Org. Unit 8000 for allocation to the Local 212 Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Faculty and Students Together Fund (FAST Fund) to specifically mitigate student housing insecurity so pupils can graduate and become successful.
  • 20-709 - A resolution providing resources to the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) to supplement social media campaigns informing County residents on transit options to polling locations, and to ensure adequate bus service for voters of $28,000 from Org. Unit 1940-1945 Appropriation for Contingencies to Org. Unit 5600-5683.
  • 20-676 - A resolution declaring a Right to Shelter in Milwaukee County so any person experiencing chronic homelessness or lacking access to safe housing will have accessible shelter; creating two additional Community Intervention Specialist positions, and accepting Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the City of Milwaukee to offset the cost for two years.
  • 20-763 - A resolution recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, encouraging support of domestic violence prevention measures throughout Milwaukee County, and requesting the implementation of a Purple Alert system in the state of Wisconsin.


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Press Releases

Supervisors Denounce Anti-Democratic Coup Attempt in Washington D.C.


Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election

Supervisor Clancy Calls for Budget to Reflect Community Priorities


Supervisor Ryan Clancy issued the following statement regarding County Executive David Crowley’s proposed 2021 Milwaukee County budget.

Supervisor Clancy Applauds Activists on 200th Day of Protests


Supervisor Ryan Clancy released a statement recognizing the accomplishments of Milwaukee County residents who have been marching for 200 days to demand police reform under the banner of “The People’s Revolution.”

County Supervisor Ryan Clancy Supports 25% Cut to Sheriff’s Budget


Earlier today, a broad coalition of community groups issued a public letter to Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas in which they ask for a 25% reduction in that department’s budget, and a re-allocation of funds to much needed social services. Supervisor Ryan Clancy issued the following statement regarding the demands outlined in the letter.

Supervisors Clancy and Czarnezki Call for Investment in Youth at Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center


County Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Joe Czarnezki are requesting that potential surplus tax levy funds be used to renovate the Detention Center kitchen at the Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center.

Federal Agents Aren’t Welcome Here


County Supervisors Jason Haas, Sequanna Taylor, Steve Shea, Ryan Clancy, Joseph Czarnezki, and Shawn Rolland issued the following statement today on President Donald J. Trump’s deployment of federal agents to the city of Milwaukee under Operation Legend

Clancy Calls for Shifting a Total of Nearly $12 Million from Law Enforcement to Human Needs


Supervisor Ryan Clancy has proposed shifting a total of nearly $12 million in funding from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to support Milwaukee County programs and services that meet the human needs of county residents.

Supervisor Ryan Clancy’s Facemask Ordinance Adopted


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted (16-1) a resolution from Supervisor Ryan Clancy today that requires face coverings to be worn on all Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses. The policy is effective August 1.

Milwaukee County Declares ‘Right to Shelter’ for County Residents


The Board of Supervisors unanimously (18-0) passed a resolution from Supervisor Ryan Clancy on November 5 declaring a “Right to Shelter” for any Milwaukee County resident.

County Supervisor Ryan Clancy and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Welcome the Justice for George Floyd Peaceful Protest to Bay View


Supervisor Ryan Clancy and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic issued the following joint statement regarding his arrest Sunday night: “We are proud to welcome our neighbors, families, and all seekers of justice to Bay View today for a peaceful protest in support of justice for George Floyd."

Supervisor Clancy Calls for Investing in Human Needs, Shifting Resources from Wasteful Spending


Supervisor Ryan Clancy is proposing a series of amendments to the 2021 County budget that would invest more than $2.6 million in County services and infrastructure to help meet the increasingly pressing needs of Milwaukee County residents. Clancy will present his amendments to the Board’s Finance Committee at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Supervisor Clancy Statement on His Arrest


Supervisor Ryan Clancy issued the following statement regarding his arrest Sunday night: “Last night, I supported the peaceful protests happening around Milwaukee, using my position as an elected representative to observe and defuse potentially negative interactions between law enforcement and Milwaukee residents."

Supervisor Ryan Clancy to Release Amendments Detailing Cuts to Sheriff’s Budget, Shifting of Resources to Invest in Human Needs


Supervisor Ryan Clancy will announce more than $2.6 million in proposed investments in County services - to be funded by cuts to the 2021 Milwaukee County Sheriff’s budget - at an outdoor press conference on Wednesday, October 28, at 12:00 noon.

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