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 - Term Expires 10/31/2019
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).
Rufino Gaytán III - Vice President - Term Expires 10/31/2022
Rufino Gaytán III is an attorney at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., where he is a member of the firm's labor & employment practice group. Mr. Gaytán regularly counsels employers on discrimination, wage and hour, unfair labor practice and other labor and employment issues. He also litigates such matters in Wisconsin state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division and other state and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Gaytán frequently presents at seminars and conferences designed to assist employers in maintaining a respectful and lawful workplace.
Mr. Gaytán graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Gaytán is a U.S. Army veteran and served in Iraq from March 2004-March 2005. Mr. Gaytán attained the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq.
Mary K. Bruno - Term Expires 10/31/2020
Mary K. Bruno is the human resources manager for the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, her background includes human resource management in healthcare and manufacturing. Ms. Bruno joined UWM in 2011 and administrates all personnel actions in the Lubar School of Business including the coordination of recruitment and selection processes, employment relations, benefits, classification and compensation processes, and the interpretation and implementation of various federal, state and campus regulations and guidelines. She also serves as a liaison with the provost's office, the department of human resources, payroll and accounting on personnel matters relating to the Lubar School of Business. In 2013, Ms. Bruno was awarded the Lubar School of Business Advisory Council Outstanding Performance Award and in 2015 she was awarded the UWM Outstanding Service Award for her service and professional commitment to higher education.
Greg Renz - Term Expires 10/31/2023
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.
David Kern - Term Expires 03/28/2023
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.