Sue Black’s unexpected
and unexplained firing last August by county executive Chris Abele left many
people wondering where the former Milwaukee County parks director would land
On her feet? Of course. Still in Milwaukee? That
wasn’t as clear.
But today - after
nearly six months of free agency - Black was named president and CEO of the
Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team. The announcement came immediately after today’s
Milwaukee Wave “School Day Game” at U.S. Cellular Arena.
So for now it appears
the award-winning UW-Madison graduate is here to stay, and judging by her work
in the parks system, there’s about to be a splash in indoor soccer.
The only remaining question
is how Black’s success with Milwaukee’s many outdoor parks will translate to the
city’s most notable indoor field. It’s a move from natural grass to artificial
turf, but Black is embracing the transition.
“I love working with a
team,” she told The Business Journal.
“How many people in their lifetime get to be head of a professional sports
team? It is a dream position.”
Black, who recently
fell just short of the parks director position in Dallas, started her parks
career as director of the Green Lakes, Wis., parks department in 1981 and served
as Milwaukee County parks director from 2003 to 2012.
Read our January profile of Black here.
(Black photo by Adam Ryan Morris)