MPD auditioned 5 chairs before choosing ‘seats of power’
Milwaukee Police did not casually decide that the Herman Miller “Mirra” was their chair of choice.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police did not casually decide that the Herman Miller “Mirra” was their chair of choice.
Documents obtained by the I-TEAM through Wisconsin’s open record law show the department auditioned five different types of chairs over a 10-week period in 2012.
E-mails show the chairs rotated to offices across the department and were test driven by a variety of officers, administrators and civilian employees.
Those who tested the chairs answered a nine question survey answering questions like “Does the additional lumbar height adjustment… meet your needs” and “the ease at which you can move in and out of the chair with a gun holster.”
In the end, Herman Miller’s “Mirra” chair beat out competitors from Haworth, Ergo Centric, Sit on It and Global. The winning chair rated an 8.0 on a ten point scale.
With a winner selected, MPD spent $71,000 purchasing 150 chairs.