Meet the Staff
KAIL DECKER - CITY ATTORNEY
Since January 2019, Kail Decker has served as the City Attorney. Prior to joining West Allis, he worked as an assistant city attorney for the City of Milwaukee from 2014 to 2019. He also worked as an assistant city attorney for the City of Green Bay from 2008 to 2014. Interestingly, Attorney Decker got his start in municipal law in West Allis when he worked as the legal intern for the West Allis City Attorney's Office from 2006 to 2008.
In addition to supervising the office, Attorney Decker handles real estate development, advises the common council, drafts ordinances and policy, and performs all other legal work as necessary.
He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School and his bachelor of science degree in economics from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
SHERYL KUHARY - DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
Sheryl Kuhary is the Deputy City Attorney. She has served the City for over 30 years, representing the City in various aspects of municipal law with a primary focus in employment, personnel and labor law. Attorney Kuhary also assists in public records and open meetings law, contract review and drafting, risk management, prosecution, and serving as acting city attorney in the absence of the city attorney.
Attorney Kuhary earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
NICHOLAS CERWIN - ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY
Nick Cerwin joined the office in May 2016 and has since served as the primary prosecutor for the City. Prior to joining West Allis, he worked at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney from 2012 to 2016. Unlike the city attorney, Attorney Cerwin applied to be the city's legal intern while in law school and was not selected. He keeps that rejection letter in his office as a source of motivation and humor.
In his role with the city, Attorney Cerwin prosecutes municipal court violations in municipal court, licensing matters before the common council, and nuisance cases in circuit court. In addition, he handles property returns and other civil litigation. He advises the police and health department and provides legal update training to police officers. In addition, he assists in ordinance drafting and advising various committees of the common council. He also assists in municipal defense and special projects.
Attorney Cerwin earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
REBECCA HAMMOCK - ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY
In April 2019, Rebecca Hammock brought her passion for public service to the City of West Allis after serving as an Assistant State Public Defender for over eight years. Her new role has shifted her focus from criminal defense to municipal defense as the city's primary civil litigator.
In addition to Attorney Hammock's primary duty of municipal defense litigation and risk mitigation, she also handles all collections matters and assists in municipal prosecution, contract review, licensing, and special projects.
Attorney Hammock earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School and her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Marquette University.
John Black - Legal Intern
John Black is the legal intern for the 2019-2020 school year and is a third-year student at Marquette University Law School. John’s academic focus area is in litigation, which he puts to use by conducting pre-trial conferences and trials under the student practice rule. Beyond litigation, he handles collections work and a variety of legal matters on behalf of the City at the direction of his attorney supervisors.