Today, Chris Ahmuty announced he is retiring as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin effective December 31, 2016.  Ahmuty, who will be 66 later this month, has served as the ACLU of Wisconsin’s executive director since he was promoted to that post in July 1992.  Overall, he has been with the ACLU for 33 years.

Notable activities during his tenure include 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.

Mary Jo McBrearty, Board President, remarked, “Chris has been a wonderful leader for the ACLU of Wisconsin during challenging times.  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.”

For more than 90 years, the ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. 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. For more on the ACLU of Wisconsin, visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @ACLUofWisconsin and @ACLUMadison.

Image courtesy of: Leon Cohen, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

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