The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin announced the retirement of executive director Chris Ahmuty, effective Dec. 31, 2016. Ahmuty has served as ACLU of Wisconsin’s executive director since July 1992, and has been with the ACLU for 33 years.
Ahmuty’s tenure has included numerous lawsuits challenging government abuse of power, special attention to the rights of society’s most vulnerable, and expansion of the affiliate’s programs, especially youth development. He intends to remain active in Milwaukee civic affairs come January.
“Chris has been a wonderful leader for the ACLU of Wisconsin during challenging times,” said Mary Jo McBrearty, board president. “The board has a plan in place that will ensure a smooth and successful transition. We will be conducting a nationwide search to find someone as knowledgeable, thoughtful, and passionate as Chris is about civil liberties and civil rights.”
The ACLU of Wisconsin is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization whose 7,000 members support its efforts to defend the civil rights and liberties of all Wisconsin residents.
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