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Personnel Changes at Milwaukee Animal Control

Two management positions have been vacated at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

Two of the top-ranked staff members at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) have resigned and immediately left their positions.

Dave Flagler, the Executive Director, has left to pursue other interests. He was at MADACC less than a year, after relocating from Florida.

Kevin Wilken, Shelter Supervisor, has also left,  but has apparently been offered a job in Saginaw, Michigan. For more on that story click here.

As with most personnel matters, the reasons for their abrupt departure will probably remain confidential.  John McDowell, the Field Officer Supervisor is currently in charge.

In the meantime, we are back to square one. The last search for an Executive Director took over a year.

The kill rate at MADACC was decreasing under Dave Flagler's leadership. Kill rates through August 2012 showed improvement. You can click here to review them.   In 2010 and 2011, less than half of the animals that entered MADACC's doors left alive. Click here to review all of the statistics. The rest were killed and cremated in the facility's crematorium at 3839 West Burnham Street, West Milwaukee.

Save rates are still  nowhere near the  90% rate  that the cities of Austin,Texas, Reno, Nevada and now, Seattle, Washington are having.

MADACC is the animal control facility that serves the nineteen municipalities of Milwaukee County.

The municipalities are:

  • Brown Deer
  • Bayside
  • Cudahy
  • Glendale
  • Greenfield
  • Milwaukee
  • Oak Creek
  • St. Francis
  • South Milwaukee
  • Wauwatosa
  • West Allis
  • Fox Point
  • Greendale
  • Hales Corners
  • River Hills
  • Shorewood
  • West Milwaukee
  • Whitefish Bay
  • Franklin

If you live in one of these municipalities a portion of your tax dollar funds MADACC. Each of the municipalities has one representative on the board of directors. This person is usually appointed by the Mayor and may or may not be an elected official. There is also an alternate for each position. Within this board, there is an operating committee made up of six of the board members.

The operating committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at MADACC,   These meetings are open to the public (although personnel issues are handled in closed sessions).

I encourage you to attend. It is time that more citizens got involved in the welfare and the decisions regarding the companion animals in Milwaukee County. We can do better. For our pets, our community and our conscience.

 "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Dawn Harwood October 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I attended an operating committee meeting shortly after Dave Flagler was hired; I believe it was his first operating committee meeting. When I inquired at the desk about where the meeting was being held they were not sure what meeting I was talking about because "Joe Public' did not usually attend the operating committee meeting.
Pile of Poop October 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
In my opinion, Ron Hayward, the President of the MADACC board, has proven over and over again that he has failed to lead MADACC effectively. He needs to step down immediately, and apologize to his constituents in West Milwaukee, the Board, and to every one of the 19 municipalities of the disaster he has prevailed over. MADACC's leadership needs to change immediately. What a disgrace this man is. Now John MacDowell, who has also proven to be an incompetent in every sense of the word, is the director again? Isn't a 53% euthanasia rate, in 2011 when he was the interim director, enough to know that this incompetent fool should remove himself from this business, also in disgrace? People, let your voice be heard on November 20th, the next board meeting (public may attend), usually takes place at 1:00 @madacc. Check a day before to be sure. Speak out against Ron Hayward and John MacDowell!
Peace October 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
The general public here in Milwaukee is unaware the amount of animals dying inside of Madacc. People think that animals are safe in 'shelters' and that they all go on to have better lives, this is not the case at Madacc. If 2 dogs go in there at the same time, only 1 is going to leave there alive. Perfectly adoptable, sweet dogs and cats who would make lovely pets are being killed. If more people were aware of this, I think things would change. And if the Board of Directors would start to care more about the animals, than just having a balanced budget. Articles like this spread the word, thanks Patch for covering this.
Bren October 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I'm trying to understand this. I adopted my cat from the Wisconsin Humane Society 10 years ago, and I was told she was held at Domestic Animal control with her newborn kittens for 6 weeks, then transferred to the WHS. Has the methodology fundamentally changed? I also recall that the amount of space for adoptable animals at the then-newly relocated WHS was very small, only a few rooms and play areas.

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