Fire and Police Commission
The Fire and Police Commission oversees all aspects of Fire Department and Police Department operations. The Commission sets overall policy while the chief of each department manages daily operations and implements the Commission’s policy direction and goals. Specific Commission functions also include:
- Establishing recruitment and testing standards for positions in the Fire and Police Departments
- Hearing appeals by members of either department who have been disciplined by their Chief
- Independently investigating and monitoring citizen complaints
- disciplining employees for misconduct
The seven part-time civilian Commissioners and full-time Executive Director are appointed by the Mayor and must be approved by the Common Council. The Commissioners serve as the citizens’ voice in police and fire matters and as a means of ensuring more responsive and effective city government.