The merger of the City of Greenfield and City of West Allis health departments has been announced. This new organization, known as the Southwest Suburban Health Department, will serve both cities for a period of five years.

The Greenfield Health Department and West Allis Health Department are now operating under the same name, Southwest Suburban Health Department. The joint councils of both cities have approved an intergovernmental agreement to establish this new department. It will be jointly funded by both cities and also receive grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services.

This collaboration aims to enhance efficiency, communication, and services for the public in these jurisdictions. The mission of the Southwest Suburban Health Department is to improve the health and well-being of Wisconsinites through education and disease prevention while promoting diversity, connectivity, and partnerships.

Dan Devine, Mayor of West Allis expressed his excitement about the collaborative relationship between the two departments and creating Southwest Suburban Health Department. Similarly, Michael Neitzke, mayor of Greenfield highlighted how it would streamline and focus community health services offered to all residents served by this new department.

The merging process is expected to be completed within six months, with existing staff transitioning into their new roles under the umbrella of this newly formed department.

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