Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments

Collaborative Efforts Lead to the Creation of Southwest Suburban Health Department

On Wednesday, March 27, it was announced that the Greenfield Health Department would be merging with the West Allis Health Department to form the new Southwest Suburban Health Department. The aim of this decision is to consolidate public health services for both communities and provide more efficient and comprehensive services. The merger received approval from the common councils of both cities, establishing a unified entity that will better serve the needs of residents.

The Southwest Suburban Health Department will be governed by a joint board of health under an intergovernmental agreement for a five-year term. Both cities, as well as state health grants, will provide funding for the new department. Mayor Dan Devine of West Allis expressed confidence in the merger, highlighting the long-standing collaborative relationship between the two departments. He stated, “The opportunity to formallyize our mutual approach to serving our communities through the creation of the Southwest Suburban Health Department will allow us to more strategically and effectively meet the needs of our residents.”

Michael Neitzke, mayor of Greenfield, also emphasized the benefits of the merger, stating, “The unification of our public health department with West Allis will allow for a more streamlined and focused delivery of community and environmental health services to all residents we serve.” This move reflects both cities’ commitment to providing top-quality health services to their communities through a collaborative and efficient approach.

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