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Milwaukee Sheriff-elect meets with mayor & police chief

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The next sheriff of Milwaukee County is getting more familiar with a leadership post he'll soon be assuming.

Sheriff-elect Earnell Lucas met with the Police Chief Alfonso Morales and Mayor Tom Barrett as he gets ready to take over for acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt.

Lucas ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election.

His first of two meetings Wednesday was with Chief Morales. They briefly discussed his priorities.

"We're gonna address some of those problems plaguing our community whether it be car thefts, or opioid crisis, guns and violence, all those things," Lucas said.

Sheriff-elect Lucas said they have a lot of work to do, which includes restoring trust in the community.

Chief Morales said the change in leadership will be beneficial. "Your local law enforcement agencies, county agencies, state law enforcement agencies and federal, actually have leadership where we truly and genuinely get along, and we can communicate with each other."

Afterwards, Mayor Barrett hosted Lucas at this office. "Such a breath of fresh air, to have a professional in this position who understands the concerns of this community and most importantly wants to make positive, substantive change."

Lucas wraps up his security executive job for MLB next month. He officially takes office in January.

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