Board of Supervisors

Shawn Rolland

6th District Supervisor

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About Supervisor Rolland

Supervisor Shawn Rolland is proud to represent neighborhoods in Wauwatosa, and portions of West Allis and Milwaukee's westside as 6th District Supervisor. He was elected in April 2020.

In addition to his County Board duties, Shawn is also an active parent and supporter of Wisconsin’s public schools. Elected to Wauwatosa School Board in 2016, he has represented the community as the body’s president, vice-president, legislative advocacy committee co-chair, and Wisconsin Association of School Boards Assembly Delegate. Alongside fellow parents and neighbors, Shawn co-founded Support Our Schools Wauwatosa, “a parent-powered, nonpartisan, grassroots non-profit that believes in and advocates for public education in Wauwatosa and throughout Wisconsin.” He’s also an active volunteer at his kids’ Wauwatosa schools: Wauwatosa East High School, Longfellow Middle School and Lincoln Elementary.

After attending Franklin High School, Shawn graduated with honors from Drake University in 2004 with a degree in public relations. As a communications strategist, he’s represented a variety nonprofits, governmental organizations and businesses including Northwestern Mutual, where he’s worked since 2008.

Shawn, his wife Elizabeth, children Ethan, Sarah and Lucy, their dogs Karl and Ruthie and cats Max and Lily, are all proud residents of Wauwatosa.

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Press Releases

Milwaukee County’s ARPA Task Force Endorses Strategic Framework For Funding And Recommends Proposals To Fight Homelessness And COVID-19


Today, Milwaukee County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Task Force endorsed a strategic framework to guide its future work to allocate $183.6 million in federal funds, and also endorsed two emergency funding proposals that seek to strengthen the county’s pandemic response and its support for individuals facing homelessness and precarious situations.

Supervisors’ Statement on the Passing of Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron


On Friday, January 22, 2021 Henry “Hank” Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer of the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, passed away. County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and thirteen County Supervisors released the following statement in response.

County Board of Supervisors Congratulate Colectivo Workers on Successful Union Election


On Monday, workers at Colectivo Coffee won an election to form a union by a margin of 106-99, after the National Labor Relations Board opened up seven challenged ballots that were uncounted during the first count, which resulted in a 99-99 tie result.

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

Supervisors Propose Vaccine Incentives and Requirement for all Milwaukee County Employees


Supervisor Ryan Clancy has introduced a resolution proposing that Milwaukee County require all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Clancy is also urging County leaders to incentivize vaccinations to encourage employee participation, and to apply the policy in an equitable fashion. Supervisors Rolland, Shea, and Czarnezki are co-sponsors.

Supervisor Rolland calls for focus on creating jobs and driving racial wealth equity


As the Milwaukee County Board and other government bodies meet to discuss their 2021 budgets, Supervisor Shawn Rolland (District 6) is calling for the community to prioritize job creation, economic development and racial equity.

Milwaukee County ARPA Task Force to Hold First Meeting Thursday


On Thursday, August 12 at 10 a.m., Milwaukee County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Task Force will meet for the first time. Public comment is welcome and those interested in speaking to any agenda item can sign up on the County web site.

Supervisor Rolland calls for Wauwatosa leaders and neighbors to come back to the table and talk


As Wauwatosa’s curfew expires, Milwaukee County Supervisor Shawn Rolland (District 6) – a Wauwatosa resident – is calling for Wauwatosa leaders and community advocates to try to find common ground while Wauwatosa’s Police and Fire Commission conducts its review into the conduct of Officer Joseph Mensah.

Supervisor Rolland Urges Wauwatosa Common Council To Reject Ordinance That Would Worsen Homelessness And Job Insecurity


Milwaukee County Supervisor Shawn Rolland is calling on the Wauwatosa Common Council to reject a proposed city ordinance, that, if enacted, would enable Wauwatosa Police Department officers to issue tickets ranging from $25 to $500 to neighbors who are panhandling in certain Wauwatosa intersections.

Supervisor Rolland calls for Wauwatosa’s Police and Fire Commission to meet next week and begin weighing independent investigator’s report


The following is a statement from Shawn Rolland, a Milwaukee County Board Supervisor representing District 6 including neighborhoods in Wauwatosa, West Allis and Milwaukee’s westside, and also a Wauwatosa School Board member.

County Board of Supervisors Congratulate the Bucks on Historic NBA Championship


On Tuesday night the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the team’s first NBA Championship since 1971.

Milwaukee County Board unanimously approves strategic planning ordinance


For the first time in Milwaukee County government history, a new strategic planning ordinance will require each department’s budget request proposal to, “show taxpayers and stakeholders how its departmental strategic plan links with the county’s strategic priorities, mission, vision, and values,” and requires leaders to, “include a department mission statement, strategic issues, goals and objectives, strategies to achieve the objectives, action plans and outcome/performance measures.”

Milwaukee County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Task Force Will Launch On Aug. 12


On Thursday, August 12 at 10 am, Milwaukee County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Task Force will meet for the first time, launching an effort to recommend how Milwaukee County should allocate $183.6 million in federal funding it will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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

Supervisor Rolland Appointed to Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center Board


Supervisor Shawn Rolland has been appointed to a three-year term on the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center Board of Directors.

County Board Proposal Urges Governor and Legislature to Make Racist 911 Calls a Hate Crime


As part of Milwaukee County’s ongoing work to achieve racial equity, Milwaukee County Supervisor Shawn Rolland is introducing a resolution calling on Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin State Legislature to reclassify false police reports on any member of a minority group as a hate crime, mirroring legislation that’s been introduced in the state of New York.

Supervisors Clancy and Rolland Applaud Unanimous Recommendation of Overtime Accountability Ordinance


Today the County Board’s Finance Committee unanimously recommended passage of an ordinance change greatly improving the County Board’s fiscal oversight of county departments. The ordinance change is based on a 2020 budget amendment authored by Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Shawn Rolland.

Nicholson, Czarnezki, and Rolland Lead Effort to Secure Critically Needed Federal Aid


County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and Supervisors Joseph Czarnezki and Shawn Rolland introduced a resolution today urging the U.S Congress to pass and President Donald J. Trump to sign a $500 billion emergency stabilization aid package for counties and cities across America.

Supervisors Denounce Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans


On Tuesday a gunman killed eight people across three Atlanta-area spas—six of whom were women of Asian descent—in the latest example of a rising number of violent Anti-Asian American crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In The News

JS Online: County Board Rejects Redistricting Proposal


The Milwaukee County Board has unanimously rejected the first map of district boundaries presented by the county’s Independent Redistricting Committee, calling into question whether they will be able to meet the November statutory deadline for redistricting.

TMJ4: Supervisors Approve Using Emergency Funding To Save Lake Park Bridge


Milwaukee County supervisors voted Thursday in favor of a plan to fund repairs of the long-shuttered Lake Park bridge. Closed in 2016 because engineers deemed it unsafe, recent plans put repairs at nearly $2.5 million, but new estimates add $1 million.

Urban Milwaukee: New Map For Supervisor Districts Submitted


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will soon consider a new map for supervisory districts approved by an independent redistricting committee — one which may make some supervisors very uncomfortable.

Urban Milwaukee: Lake Park Bridge Needs $1 Million More


It looked to Milwaukee County officials like they had finally put together the funding to fix the historic Ravine Road Bridge in Lake Park. But as far as local contractors are concerned, they’re about $1 million short.

TMJ4: Proposal Aims to Hire First Paid Interns for the Milwaukee Co. Board of Supervisors


A Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors proposal would offer paid internships for local students interested in learning more about legislative governance. This would be the first paid internship with the board.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Approves Overtime Oversight Policy


The Milwaukee County Board recently adopted an ordinance that has its origins in Supervisor Ryan Clancy’s attempts last year to reduce the overtime budget for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

Urban Milwaukee: Leaders Celebrate New Mental Health Center


It is estimated that one in five people will experience a mental health crisis at some point in their life. “Often one of the largest barriers to receiving support is knowing where to go,” said County Executive David Crowley at a well-attended ceremony Tuesday morning celebrating the new mental health facility being built at 1525 N. 12th. just outside of Downtown.

Urban Milwaukee: Sherman Park Could Get New Basketball Court


Nancy Lieberman Charities, based in Dallas, Texas, has offered to donate a new basketball court and funding for programming in the park.

Wisconsin Examiner: Are Anti-Panhandler Laws Worth It?


It’s a common experience to pass by someone standing at the median of a busy intersection holding a sign with some variation on the message “anything helps,” a handful of personal belongings lying on the ground nearby.

Urban Milwaukee: Board’s Bike Trails Resolution Fails


A controversial change to the way Milwaukee County Parks manages bike trails was narrowly voted down Thursday by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. The proposed legislation would have given the board the final approval of any major alterations made to bike trails in Milwaukee County.

Urban Milwaukee: Sheriff Projects $3.9 Million Overtime Deficit


In April, the Milwaukee County Board passed an ordinance that requires county departments projecting a budget deficit or overtime budget deficit to come before the board with a report and a plan to remediate it.

JS Online: Bike Trails Ordinance Fails To Pass Milwaukee County Board


Milwaukee County Parks will not have to get approval from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to make changes to bike trails in the county after an ordinance failed to pass the board Thursday on an 8-10 vote.

JS Online: As Wauwatosa Seeks To Address Panhandling, Community Leaders Don't Want Band-Aid Solutions


Mike grew up in Milwaukee near 28th Street and Lincoln Avenue. He's 45 years old. And for the past year, he's been standing on a 2-foot-wide slab of concrete in Wauwatosa asking for change from passing cars. Mike, who didn't want his last name used for this story, is homeless.

FOX 6: Supervisors OK $1 penalty for possessing marijuana in Milwaukee County


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted 16-1 on Thursday, March 25 to reduce the county penalty for marijuana possession to $1 plus court fees. The most current fine was $250 -- with a maximum of $500, plus court fees. In 2019, the county issued 187 marijuana possession tickets.

Wisconsin Examiner: Will Wauwatosa Police Union Conflicts Bleed Into New Chief Decision?


The Wauwatosa Police Department will soon have a new chief, but conflicts and questions remain over the department’s culture and direction.

Urban Milwaukee: Committee OK’s Funding for Emergency Mental Health Center


In late 2020 Milwaukee County announced its Behavioral Health Division (BHD) had partnered with four major health care systems — Ascension Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health, Froedtert Health and Children’s Wisconsin — to develop a new facility for county residents experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

JS Online: Milwaukee County Board Allocates $1 Million To Restore Decaying Lake Park Footbridge, Moving Yearslong Project Forward


The project to restore the historic footbridge spanning Ravine Road in Milwaukee's Lake Park will get a $1 million infusion from county emergency funds, under legislation approved Thursday by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

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