During a closed-door session with County Supervisors last month, John Chianelli, appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to serve as administrator of Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division, defended his decision to intentionally house female patients with men known to be dangerous at Milwaukee County’s Mental Health Complex, citing his belief that “the presence of women reduces the likelihood of the men being violent.” Chianelli went on to assert that keeping male and female patients segregated would result in more violence:
“It’s a trade-off,” he said. “Putting 24 aggressive male patients into a male-only unit would increase the level of violence in the unit.”
The fact that John Chianelli believes the sexual assault of female patients is a “trade-off” necessary to reduce violence among male patients is simply mind-boggling, not to mention disturbing, and the fact that Scott Walker appointed Chianelli to serve in a position of great importance speaks volumes about the kind of “chief executive” Scott Walker would be as governor.
If Scott Walker can’t be counted on to choose capable, competent administrators to serve in Milwaukee County government, then how can anyone expect he’ll do a better job if he’s elected to serve as governor?