Recruitment #2007-4516-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee brings together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The Research and Policy Analyst conducts extensive and in depth research and analysis of various public safety issues and provides guidance and advice to the Executive Director, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the Fire and Police Chiefs regarding findings and recommendations.

Essential Functions

  • Research and analyze safety issues such as crime data, fire suppression, personnel deployment and budget and resource allocation.
  • Review and analyze rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments and of other public safety departments in the country; recognize and identify trends in public safety operations.
  • Provide guidance and advice to the Executive Director, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the Fire and Police Chiefs regarding findings and recommendations.
  • Provide guidance to MFD and MPD personnel regarding data gathering and analysis.
  • Prepare analyses, summaries and reports in response to critical events and issues. Provide information for periodic reports such as the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) annual report, Firearm Discharge Report, and Use of Force Report.
  • Review and analyze public safety data, including Fire Department monthly activity statistics, MPD Uniform Crime Reports, quarterly staffing statistics and annual discipline and complaint statistics; report conclusions to the Executive Director, the Board, the MPD and MFD and the public.
  • Maintain and provide data for the FPC web site in coordination with the City web master; maintain contact with professional organizations related to research and public safety.
  • Respond to telephone, written or email requests for information from other City Departments, external agencies, public officials, and the general public; prepare written responses for signature by the Executive Director.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, urban studies, urban affairs, economics, mathematics or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Two years of related professional experience performing research, statistical analysis and policy analysis.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, urban studies, urban affairs, economics, mathematics or a related field listed above from an accredited college or university.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced statistical procedures to data.
  • Ability to translate statistical data into clear, concise and understandable written reports and graphical representations.
  • Ability to assess quantitative and qualitative data to produce reports.
  • Ability to research and analyze complex issues. Ability to read and interpret work-related documents.
  • Oral communication skills to effectively communicate with and establish effective working relationships with a variety of individuals, including the public, elected officials, public safety personnel at all levels, Commissioners, and co-workers.
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical information in an understandable way to both technical and non-technical staff.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. Interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with FPC Commissioners, MFD and MPD personnel.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to prepare effective written reports and other communications that are thorough, clear, well-crafted, and error-free.
  • Proficient using standard computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and spreadsheet.
  • Ability to learn and effectively utilize statistical software (including SPSS), perform database queries in order to retrieve data and produce reports.
  • Ability to organize assignments and manage time to complete tasks based on departmental deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and citizens whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to remain professional at all times.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy.
  • Honesty and integrity.

Current Salary

The current salary range (2FX) $48,670-$67,616 and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $50,130-$69,644. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting,

  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.