Yesterday acting Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway appointed former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt to serve as interim Milwaukee County Executive until after the April 5 election.
Holloway said Pratt would carry out County Board policy, and Pratt suggested his role would be more a caretaker than someone who would launch major initiatives. Pratt said he wanted to help implement Holloway’s mental health overhaul during his brief tenure in the county’s top job and noted he isn’t planning any major staff changes or firings.
“I’ve already done that,” Holloway joked, at a press conference announcing his selection of the City Hall veteran.
To be honest, I’m more than a little surprised Holloway didn’t appoint himself as interim County Executive, given how highly Lee Holloway thinks of Lee Holloway, but I suppose Holloway didn’t want to name himself, be forced to resign his seat on the County Board, and risk being completely out of a job come April 5.
In response to Holloway’s choice of Marvin Pratt as interim County Executive, former Democratic State Senator Jim Sullivan (himself a County Executive candidate) issued a brief statement praising the choice of Pratt:
“I have confidence in Marvin Pratt as a capable leader to hold the office of County Executive until the voters of Milwaukee County elect a new leader,” Sullivan said. “I know Marvin will work to get Milwaukee County back on track, but I hope he plans to leave long-term decisions to the next elected Executive.”