What Is the Board's Function?
The Personnel Review Board receives, in writing, alleged charge(s) of the Civil Service Rule VII, Section 4 violation(s) by Milwaukee County employees in the classified service from the appointing authority (department) or a citizen. The Board serves the employee with a copy of the written charges and an initial date to appear before the Board to offer a defense. The employee may choose to have representation provided by their union or by private legal counsel when appearing before the Board. If the employee chooses to be represented by private legal counsel, the cost is incurred by the employee.
The Personnel Review Board has the jurisdiction to hear charges for discipline in the following situations:
- The employee is not on probation at the time of discipline
- The employee has received a disciplinary notice of suspension for 11 or more days
- The employee has received a second disciplinary notice of suspension within six months of receiving a first disciplinary notice of suspension for 10 days or less regardless of the infractions
- The employee has received a disciplinary notice for demotion or discharge
Other duties of the Personnel Review Board:
- To act as an independent fact finder in cases referred by the Ethics Board
- To hear all appeals of non-represented Milwaukee County employees in the final step of the established County Grievance Procedure (M.C.G.O. 17.207)
Contact the Board
The Personnel Review Board staff are available to answer questions regarding the disciplinary process of Milwaukee County employees. Complaints, correspondence, etc. must be served to the Personnel Review Board office. Contact the Personnel Review Board staff at:
Milwaukee County Personnel Review Board
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N. 9th St., Room 212-E
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Daniel T. Dennehy - President
Daniel T. Dennehy is a graduate of St. Louis University (summa cum laude), the University of Minnesota and Marquette Law School (magna cum laude). As an attorney, Mr. Dennehy advises private sector clients, especially health care providers on all aspects of employment, personnel and labor matters. As part of this advising, he has conducted management seminars, including those for MRA, Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management (WSHRM), Health Care Mega Conference, Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (WSHHRA), American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Mr. Dennehy also litigates employment-related claims in state and federal courts before administrative agencies. He has successfully defended clients against hundreds of employment discrimination claims.
Mr. Dennehy authored the Wages and Hours chapter of Wisconsin Employment Law and the Wisconsin Wages & Hours Handbook (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions), both published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. He was the first legal liason to the Board of Directors of WSHHRA (2008-2010). Mr. Dennehy's professional memberships include the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu. Daniel Dennehy is a former Milwaukee County Court Commissioner, and a member of the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIMCAAA).
David Kern - Vice President
David Kern practiced in the area of private and public sector labor and employment law, and chaired Quarles & Brady's National Labor Relations Act Team, until his retirement in 2016. His practice included collective bargaining, unfair labor practice litigation, grievance arbitration and employer counseling. He represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state and federal agencies.
Mr. Kern graduated from Marquette University (summa cum laude) and the University of Michigan Law School (magna cum laude). He has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America and Wisconsin Super Lawyers, and is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Ms. Moroney's bio will be added.
Greg W. Renz is a graduate of Marquette University (summa cum laude) and the University of Chicago Law School (cum laude). For almost 40 years, he has worked as an attorney for Foley & Lardner LLP, concentrating primarily in the area of employee retirement benefits. Although technically in "retired" status since February 2013, he continues on a part-time basis assisting Foley & Lardner LLP with its own employee benefit plans.
Mr. Renz authored the Private Retirement Financing chapter of Advising Older Clients and Their Families, and co-authored the Employee Benefits chapter of Wisconsin Employment Law, both published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. His professional memberships include the American Bar Association and State Bar of Wisconsin.
Phoebe Weaver Williams, Associate Professor of Law Emerita of Marquette University Law School, has over three decades of experience addressing labor and employment law issues. As a member of the Marquette Law School faculty, Professor Williams’ teaching, research, and scholarship focused on issues that concerned labor and employment law. Her research and teaching interests also include the history of African Americans and women in the legal profession.
During 2000, Professor Williams served as the Chair of the President of Marquette University’s Gender Equity Committee. That committee published a comprehensive report that examined the climate, perception, and impact of gender on determinations of salaries and promotions for university faculty. As a former Associate Attorney with Lindner and Marsack, S.C., Professor Williams represented and counseled employers about various labor and employment law matters, such as allegations of discrimination, grievances alleging violations of collective bargaining agreements, and obligations of successor employers. From 1992 to 1997, Professor Williams was a member of the City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, serving as the Commission’s Vice Chair and later Chair during 1997. As a Commissioner, Professor Williams heard numerous appeals of discipline and discharge decisions along with citizen complaints.