Ousted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales will be reinstated as the city's top cop in 45 days unless his attorneys and the city can reach a settlement, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The ruling from Milwaukee County Judge Christopher Foley comes weeks after Morales' legal team asked the judge to force the city to reinstate him.
"If you can't get it settled within the 45 days, then my order goes into effect," Foley said at the conclusion of the half-hour hearing. "Put him back in office, make him the chief and away we go."
In legal filings, Morales' attorneys accused the city of dragging its feet during settlement negotiations and failing to abide by Foley's December decision to reverse the city Fire and Police Commission's legally flawed ousting of Morales.
Morales' attorneys wrote that they asked the judge in April to enforce his order due to the city's "months-long refusal to follow this Court's order and reinstate Morales or, alternatively, propose a financial settlement and buy-out the remainder of his contract."