Joel Plant is the chief of staff in the Milwaukee Police Department. He was previously a Madison, Wis., mayoral aide responsible for public safety and neighborhood issues. On the mayor's behalf, he is the liaison to the police, fire, city attorney, municipal court, building inspection, and community development agencies on operations, policy, and budget matters. Plant also manages the city's Neighborhood Resource Teams and is the mayor's liaison to the public schools. He was previously the city's first alcohol policy coordinator. Plant has worked as a research assistant for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing; a crime analyst in the Tempe, Ariz., Police Department; and a teaching assistant and adjunct professor. He also has some criminal prosecution experience, ranging from serving subpoenas to trying felony cases. Plant holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University, a master's degree from Arizona State University, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.