County Executive Chris Abele

County Executive Chris Abele Former County Executive. Serving the residents of Milwaukee County from 2011 to 2020. Chris Abele is getting things done in Milwaukee County. Five years ago, Milwaukee County faced a dire fiscal outlook, and the Public Policy Forum asked of County government, “Should It Go or Should It Stay?” Today, Milwaukee County, through the dedication of its employees, has held bus fares flat while adding nearly a million new route miles, paid down millions of dollars in debt and deferred maintenance, established a dedicated Office of Economic Development that has helped to create thousands of family-supporting jobs and leverage $500 million in new development just around the downtown area, and is ahead of schedule on our plan to end chronic homelessness.

County Executive Abele’s forward-thinking, yet pragmatic, vision is to create a model government that is able to sustainably invest in needed priorities like public safety and cultural assets like our award-winning Parks system, while still tackling the big community problems that exist in Milwaukee County. After being re-elected to a second term in April 2016, County Executive Abele has committed to reducing racial disparities in our community. Central to these efforts is implementing the Office on African American Affairs that will be focused on workforce development and eliminating racial inequities in our criminal justice system. The levels of poverty, crime, and unemployment happening in neighborhoods like Milwaukee’s 53206 zipcode are at a crisis point and deserve an urgency and focus that’s historically been lacking. Abele seeks to engage business leaders, community leaders, government, law enforcement, non-profits, faith leaders, and healthcare organizations in these efforts. Finding partners in every corner of our community is key to empowering more people and improving outcomes in our communities. As a lifelong Democrat, County Executive Abele is proud to support Democrats and progressive causes across the state and country, but he is also proud to reach beyond political labels and across the aisle to achieve the outcomes that serve the people of Milwaukee County. For more than two decades, County Executive Abele has been a successful business owner. He currently runs a growing real estate company, CSA Commercial, and venture fund, CSA Partners that has created net new jobs and attracted new business to Milwaukee. Most recently, the County Executive Abele started Ward 4, the city’s largest start-up hub, that aims to "spur economic development" through creation of a space for early-stage companies. Prior to taking office County Executive Abele ran a medical equipment company and led the Milwaukee-based Argosy Foundation as its CEO, where he remains a trustee. The Argosy Foundation seeks to empower others by supporting leaders and organizations that employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches to solving systemic problems. For nearly 20 years, Abele’s philanthropy and volunteer work has included serving on and leading numerous local, national and international nonprofit boards. He currently serves on many boards, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can-Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Film Festival, which he co-founded. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.

County Executive Abele’s forward-thinking, yet pragmatic, vision is to create a model government that is able to sustainably invest in needed priorities like public safety and cultural assets like our award-winning Parks system, while still tackling the big community problems that exist in Milwaukee County. After being re-elected to a second term in April 2016, County Executive Abele has committed to reducing racial disparities in our community. Central to these efforts is implementing the Office on African American Affairs that will be focused on workforce development and eliminating racial inequities in our criminal justice system. The levels of poverty, crime, and unemployment happening in neighborhoods like Milwaukee’s 53206 zipcode are at a crisis point and deserve an urgency and focus that’s historically been lacking. Abele seeks to engage business leaders, community leaders, government, law enforcement, non-profits, faith leaders, and healthcare organizations in these efforts. Finding partners in every corner of our community is key to empowering more people and improving outcomes in our communities. As a lifelong Democrat, County Executive Abele is proud to support Democrats and progressive causes across the state and country, but he is also proud to reach beyond political labels and across the aisle to achieve the outcomes that serve the people of Milwaukee County. For more than two decades, County Executive Abele has been a successful business owner. He currently runs a growing real estate company, CSA Commercial, and venture fund, CSA Partners that has created net new jobs and attracted new business to Milwaukee. Most recently, the County Executive Abele started Ward 4, the city’s largest start-up hub, that aims to "spur economic development" through creation of a space for early-stage companies. Prior to taking office County Executive Abele ran a medical equipment company and led the Milwaukee-based Argosy Foundation as its CEO, where he remains a trustee. The Argosy Foundation seeks to empower others by supporting leaders and organizations that employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches to solving systemic problems. For nearly 20 years, Abele’s philanthropy and volunteer work has included serving on and leading numerous local, national and international nonprofit boards. He currently serves on many boards, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can-Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Film Festival, which he co-founded. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.

05/05/2020

Thank you! Its been the job of a lifetime, but not a job for a lifetime. I'm excited to pass the torch to my friend David Crowley. I have all the confidence that he and the county workforce will take the county forward towards its vision of achieving racial equity. Follow along on this journey with County Executive David Crowley.

It's not too late! Complete the Census. Your response means more federal dollars for our community.
05/03/2020

It's not too late! Complete the Census. Your response means more federal dollars for our community.

Make sure you and everyone in your household is counted for the 2020 Census. You can respond online or by phone.
05/01/2020

Make sure you and everyone in your household is counted for the 2020 Census. You can respond online or by phone.

Milwaukee County has been implementing strategies to reduce the number of people are incarcerated to stop the spread of ...
05/01/2020
Milwaukee County Takes Steps To Reduce Number Of Inmates During Coronavirus Pandemic

Milwaukee County has been implementing strategies to reduce the number of people are incarcerated to stop the spread of COVID-19 in its secure facilities. Thank you Chief Judge Triggiano, Judge Ashely, DA John Chisholm and Milwaukee Community Justice Council for your leadership.

At the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin, 94 inmates have COVID-19 as of Thursday – out of an on-site population of about 600. There are

"What this ordinance does is commits every single employee of Milwaukee County to embracing probably the most robust leg...
04/30/2020
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signs ordinance committing county to achieving racial equity

"What this ordinance does is commits every single employee of Milwaukee County to embracing probably the most robust legal commitment in the country of any municipality to making a difference on this issue," Abele said during a virtual news conference.
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2020/04/29/chris-abele-signs-milwaukee-county-racial-equity-ordinance/3049899001/

The ordinance comes a year after Milwaukee County declared racism a public health crisis.

It's often overlooked, but county governments serve some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. During thi...
04/30/2020

It's often overlooked, but county governments serve some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. During this crisis, we have employees who are going to work everyday to provide services to those who need them most. We realize that it's not easy. Thank you to all our essential employees who keep our communities strong and safe.

April 29th, is Denim Day, which is an annual campaign to bring attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign...
04/29/2020

April 29th, is Denim Day, which is an annual campaign to bring attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign is intended to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths around sexual violence.

Department on Aging staff wore jeans today to show our protest against sexual violence.

#DenimDay2020

04/29/2020
Racial Equity Ordinance Signing

Join County Executive Abele, Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, and County Executive-Elect David Crowley for a special event and signing of the historical racial equity ordinance.

"People are still working on this issue and most of the partners committed to stopping domestic violence are doing couns...
04/29/2020
'What if home is not safe?' Milwaukee County provides resources for domestic violence during pandemic

"People are still working on this issue and most of the partners committed to stopping domestic violence are doing counseling, connecting folks and helping navigate the system to make sure they can protect themselves, including finding shelter," said David Muhammad, Deputy Director, Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

https://www.cbs58.com/news/city-county-leaders-address-domestic-violence-during-covid-19

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus has kept many in their homes, those working to prevent domestic violence say they know home is not the safest place for everyone. “Domestic violence

You'll hear and see a lot more about what to do if you are not Safe at Home. Resources are available.
04/28/2020

You'll hear and see a lot more about what to do if you are not Safe at Home. Resources are available.

“As we work to flatten the curve in Milwaukee County, we must understand who is infected with COVID-19 so that we can ch...
04/28/2020
Post from Community: Community Health Centers expand access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Milwaukee

“As we work to flatten the curve in Milwaukee County, we must understand who is infected with COVID-19 so that we can channel our resources to the communities that have been most impacted."
https://milwaukeenns.org/2020/04/27/post-from-community-community-health-centers-expand-access-to-covid-19-diagnostic-testing-in-milwaukee/

Milwaukee’s Community Health Centers announced today that all five organizations have increased testing capacity and now offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing and care for their patients as well as community members without a regular doctor who have COVID symptoms.

Please respond to the 2020 Census. The city’s Complete Count Committee estimates the city loses $1,600 annually for each...
04/27/2020
City Trails State, Nation in Census Response

Please respond to the 2020 Census. The city’s Complete Count Committee estimates the city loses $1,600 annually for each non-respondent. #WICounts #2020Census

Each non-response could cost Milwaukee $1,600 per year for next decade.

"To have American Family Insurance and others step up to the plate to show their commitment to Milwaukee is great. These...
04/27/2020
July 3 Lakefront fireworks are canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

"To have American Family Insurance and others step up to the plate to show their commitment to Milwaukee is great. These short-term sacrifices are for the long-term safety of the community.”

The fireworks are canceled for July 3 and will not be rescheduled for this year, according to a news release.

04/25/2020
Milwaukee County Unified Emergency Operations Center Press Briefing 4/25/2020

This press briefing focused on racial inequities with COVID-19. Featuring special guests: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Dr. Ben Weston Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, Jeanette Kowalik, PhD. Commissioner City of Milwaukee Health Department, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Wanda Montgomery, President of Village of Brown Deer, Dr. Tito Izard, President and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI).

Need a good activity for #socialdistancing? Take the U.S. Census! It takes 10 minutes to complete! All you need is an in...
04/25/2020
48.8% of Milwaukee households have responded to Census, lagging the state and national pace

Need a good activity for #socialdistancing? Take the U.S. Census! It takes 10 minutes to complete! All you need is an internet connection and some basic identifying information for the people in your house. The Census is safe and provides local economies the resources they need for everyone to thrive. #WICounts2020 #2020Census

That's compared to 51.6% nationally and 58.4% in Wisconsin, said Marilyn Sanders, regional director of the U.S. Census Bureau Chicago Regional Office.

Dr. Ben Weston of Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, Medical College of Wisconsin: "Coronavirus and chroni...
04/24/2020
African Americans in Milwaukee are dying from coronavirus at higher rates than white residents. We shouldn't be surprised by that.

Dr. Ben Weston of Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, Medical College of Wisconsin: "Coronavirus and chronic diseases target the African American community with precision due to the higher rates of poverty and inequity that result from institutional racism."

African Americans in Milwaukee live 14 years fewer, on average, than white residents. And now, they are three times as likely to die of COVID-19.

For those observing the sacred month of Ramadan, may this month be full of remembrance, reflection & return to all that ...
04/24/2020

For those observing the sacred month of Ramadan, may this month be full of remembrance, reflection & return to all that provides peace in our hearts, home & community. #ramadan2020 #RamadanKareem #RamadanMubarak

You can get involved too at stayhomeMKE.com
04/23/2020

You can get involved too at stayhomeMKE.com

Hydrite Chemical Co. is donating large drums of hand sanitizer to Milwaukee’s Unified Emergency Operations Center for local front line workers. We are grateful for Hydrite's generosity and commitment to helping keep essential workers safe. The first drum goes to Milwaukee Fire Department. Looking for ways to show your support? Learn more at StayHomeMKE.com. #StayHomeMKE

In 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in. Today, I am reflecting not only on th...
04/22/2020
Earth Day: The Official Site | Earth Day Network

In 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in. Today, I am reflecting not only on the impact Nelson has had but also John Muir and Aldo Leopold who also have significant Wisconsin ties. I have also had the pleasure of working with many environmental organizations such as the River Revitalization Foundation and The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin. I hope you'll join me, not only today but everyday, in celebrating the importance of preserving our environment. Learn more:

Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day.

Grieving and dealing with the uncertainty of COVID-19 Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division can help.
04/22/2020

Grieving and dealing with the uncertainty of COVID-19 Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division can help.

04/20/2020
Milwaukee County Transit System

We all have a role in ensuring our neighbors and friends are safe. #stayhomemke

Here’s an important message from MCTS Bus Drivers: Stay safe, stay home, stop the spread. Do your part to keep us all safe.

County Executive Chris Abele announced today that Milwaukee County has launched a new Covid-19 dashboard, focused exclus...
04/18/2020
27 inmates at House of Correction have tested positive for coronavirus

County Executive Chris Abele announced today that Milwaukee County has launched a new Covid-19 dashboard, focused exclusively on providing data about individuals who are currently in the care of Milwaukee County.

“We're doing everything we can to flatten the curve in Milwaukee County, and that includes slowing the transmission of the coronavirus at the Jail and House of Correction. We have a responsibility to protect the individuals in our care and provide them with the best possible healthcare if they get sick," said County Executive Abele.

A county spokesman confirmed late Thursday that 27 inmates had tested positive, along with four staff members.

Senator Tammy Baldwin​ is a tireless advocate for Milwaukee and working people all across Wisconsin. Tammy personifies g...
04/15/2020
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and other Democrats introduce bill to require CDC to release demographic information on coronavirus

Senator Tammy Baldwin​ is a tireless advocate for Milwaukee and working people all across Wisconsin. Tammy personifies great public service. Her letter to the CDC to call on them to release racial demographic information is consistent with the data Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management has been collecting.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/14/wisconsin-sen-tammy-baldwin-offers-bill-requiring-coronavirus-data/2993563001/

Baldwin cited racial disparities in Milwaukee County, where African Americans have accounted for nearly half of coronavirus cases and most deaths.

There’s so much to love on #MilwaukeeDay. Like many other events, 414 Day looks different this year. #StayhomeMKE & cele...
04/14/2020

There’s so much to love on #MilwaukeeDay. Like many other events, 414 Day looks different this year. #StayhomeMKE & celebrate #LightTheNightMKE. At 8pm, all Milwaukee County residents are invited to shine a light out of a front window of your home for 10 minutes. #InThisTogether

Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

04/14/2020

"Without a doubt, the unprecedented events of the past month marked a turning point in our collective history. Thank you to everyone who stepped up to serve. The commitment to public service requires significant sacrifice – one that I was honored and humbled to take on for the past nine years. Congratulations to David Crowley. I wish David the best and am ready to support him through this transition. I trust that David will be the leader the County needs to achieve its vision: by achieving racial equity, Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin."

Take 10 minutes today to respond to the 2020 Census. You can respond via phone or the census.gov website. #WICounts #202...
04/13/2020

Take 10 minutes today to respond to the 2020 Census. You can respond via phone or the census.gov website. #WICounts #2020Census

04/10/2020

Thank you to the Milwaukee Bucks for sharing the message of #StayHomeMKE. Robin Lopez, DJ Wilson and Marvin Williams recorded a video reminding fans to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Check it out, and be sure to take the pledge yourself. Staying home saves lives. #GoBucksGo

https://twitter.com/Bucks/status/1247635207584280576

We know that social distancing is difficult. Social distancing can lead to social isolation. If you are feeling overwhel...
04/09/2020

We know that social distancing is difficult. Social distancing can lead to social isolation. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division offers professional counselors to help with the 24-hour crisis hotline. (414) 257-7222.

We know many of you are anxious to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather. Keep this reminder in mind from Milwauk...
04/07/2020

We know many of you are anxious to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather. Keep this reminder in mind from Milwaukee County Parks on how to enjoy the parks safely.

We all love our Milwaukee County Parks, and we need to use recreation and outdoor areas responsibly to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Team and contact sports are not permitted, but activities that comply with social distancing are welcomed.

As we approach the week and nicer weather, please do your part by being safe in the parks and reminding your family and friends to do the same. We also want to encourage you to utilize the parks that you can easily reach on foot or bike, rather than driving.

For everyone's safety, Milwaukee County Parks facilities remain closed including: indoor recreation facilities, rental facilities, playgrounds and fitness equipment stations, golf courses and disc golf courses, dog parks, and beaches. Additionally, parking will be restricted along the lakefront and at golf courses.

Unfortunately, as this pandemic continues to unfold additional closures may be required.

That said, we’ve developed some helpful guidelines on how to enjoy your county parks safely!

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