On June 1 Brian Chaney became the first Black police chief of the City of Monona. Chaney, who is Black and gay, was sworn into the role by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Mario C. White, who himself is Black and gay. Both Chaney and White are among the first Black leaders to serve in their roles.
Before taking the leadership role in Monona, Chaney served in several leadership roles as a City of Madison police officer, including Captain of Police in Traffic and Specialized Services, Lieutenant of Police—Central District, Sergeant of Madison Police Department Gang Unit, and a Sergeant of Patrol Services.
The order outlines the Governor’s reasons for the ban, including the administration’s commitment to the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ youth and why the use of state and federal funds should be used for ethical and evidence-based practices. The order also cites professional mental health advocacy organizations such as the American Medical Association that oppose conversion therapy.
Wisconsin’s LGBTQ+ advocacy group, Fair Wisconsin, shared the news on June 1 with a statement that they were proud to have worked with Evers on the order. The order was signed on the same day that the Governor raised a rainbow flag over the state Capitol building for the third year.