I can’t think of an elected official who more passionately supports the Milwaukee County Parks System than Pat Jursik, our county supervisor.
So I wondered what Pat had to say in response to the unexpected firing of Parks Director Sue Black on Thursday. Here is what she wrote to me …
Sue Black was recently given a raise by the county executive. She was re-approved in her appointment by the board just last Spring. With year-after-year budget cuts, Sue Black found ways to keep the parks dept. as vital and responsive as possible. I talked to Sue Black often about more services for our South Shore Parks. She always responded and, while reminding me of the budget cuts, she found ways to be responsive. Sue Black has 10 years of community contacts, corporate contacts, sweat equity and a history built through hard work in our community. Sue Black is not easily replaced. The county executive owes our community a better explanation than he has given. He has not shared his thought on a “new direction” with the board, but this damage is now done. Chris Abele needs to be accountable for what he did and why.
Of course, I’d like to know what you think about this. Post your comments below!