Director Colón resigns from Health and Human Services

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MILWAUKEE-  Héctor Colón, Director of Health and Human Services for Milwaukee County, announced on Monday that he is resigning. Colón will be replacing David Larson as president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Colón’s decision comes after pay ranges, established by County Executive Chris Abele, were abolished by the county board.

Don Behm at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Milwaukee County Health and Human Services Director Héctor Colón announced his resignation Monday to take the job of president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Colón will replace David Larson, a pastor in the Evangelical Luthern Church in America, who has been president and CEO of LSS of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan since 2002.

“As a faith-based, mission-driven organization, LSS’s work to improve people’s lives is impressive and absolutely inspires me,” Colón said in a statement. Colón will lead the $60 million social services organization after serving six years as county health and human services director. . .

Colón is the first among county department heads to resign in the wake of pay cuts for executive appointees imposed by the Milwaukee County Board.

Armed with an April ruling by a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, the board on May 25 abolished pay ranges created since 2014 by County Executive Chris Abele for top department heads and administrators without board approval.

Judge John DiMotto ruled at that time that the board did not lose its authority to set pay ranges for more than 300 employees not covered by civil services rules when a 2013 change in state law, known as Act 14, was enacted.

Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.