The Milwaukee Times Celebrates Women in Public Service

March 18, 2021


Milwaukee Fire Department
Chief Stephanie Hampton (Retired) – One of the first four African American female fire fighters
Valerie Woodard (Retired) – First African American Female Firefighter
Lt. Belinda Bradley, firefighters Jessica Olson, Kendria Donaldson and Melanie Madden – First all female fight fighter crew
Capt. Sharon Purifoy – First African American Female Deputy Chief
Elizabeth Ewing (Retired) – One of the first four African American female fire fighters
The Late Dr. Maureen Amiakudo – One of the first four African American female fire fighters

Milwaukee Police Department
Vernice Gallimore – Milwaukee’s first African American policewoman in 1946.
Ada Wright – first female MPD officer

Milwaukee County Courts
Velvalea “Vel” Phillips – the first woman judge in Milwaukee County and the first African American judge in Wisconsin
Mabel Watson Raimey – the first African American woman to pass the state bar and practice law in Wisconsin
Judge Danielle L. Shelton – Branch 40, Misdemeanor/Domestic Violence
Judge Maxine Aldridge White – First African American woman to serve the Wisconsin Court of Appeals–District 1
Judge Valarie Hill – Milwaukee Municipal Court
Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph – U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Judge Brittany Grayson – Branch 16, Children’s Court
Judge Kori Ashley – Branch 19, Misdemeanors

Milwaukee City/County Officials
Marcelia Nicholson – the first Afro-Latina woman to be Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
Joan Johnson – first African American to be named Director of the Milwaukee Public Library
Sharon Robinson – Director, City of Milwaukee Department of Administration

Milwaukee Social Services
Melody McCurtis – Deputy Director of Priorities/Organizer for Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
Ardie Clark Halyard – first woman president of the Milwaukee NAACP chapter.
Vi Hawkins – Community Advocate