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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Mayor Mei and City Manager Announce Community Conversations with Incoming Police Chief

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Today, Mayor Lily Mei and City Manager Mark Danaj announced a series of community conversations and listening sessions with Fremont residents, business owners/operators, and nonprofit organizations over the next several months with Incoming Police Chief Captain Sean Washington. The goal of the sessions is to provide community members an opportunity to ask questions, get to know our Incoming Police Chief, and share input on the topic of policing in Fremont in a small group setting. Captain Washington is expected to serve as the Police Department’s Acting Chief for several weeks this summer, and his official promotion will take place October 2, 2021.

“Building upon our 2020 Engage Fremont community dialogue initiative, and our promise that conversations would continue, I look forward to spending the next few months with Mayor Mei and Incoming Police Chief Sean Washington expanding our reach into the Fremont community. Our goal is to meet in smaller settings with special interest groups and stakeholders representing our diverse community to dive deeper into the topic of racial justice and policing in Fremont,” City Manager Mark Danaj said.

Listening sessions are open to any group or organization that is interested in having a conversation. If you have a group that meets regularly and you’d like the opportunity to hear from our City’s leadership on the topic of policing or share your organization’s views or input, please contact Interim Chief Communications Officer Geneva Bosques at Gbosques@fremont.gov. We recommend meetings be limited to approximately 15-20 people or less, to allow for ample dialogue and participation. 

Incoming Police Chief Sean Washington stated, “I look forward to the opportunity to meet with community groups and residents within each district to listen and ensure I have a good understanding of concerns, issues and objectives.  These engagement opportunities will help frame my vision for the department prior to officially taking over in October.  A big part of my plan is to continue to build upon many of the initiatives started by Chief Petersen to include enhanced community engagement, utilization of technology and employee wellness.”

Incoming Police Chief Captain Sean Washington’s calendar already reflects our community’s desire to build new relationships. Last night, Captain Washington participated in a Town Hall session on the topic of unhoused community members and next Monday, May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. he will attend the joint City of Fremont/FUSD meeting to discuss the SRO program.  On May 15th, he is scheduled to attend the United Against Hate Rally as a guest speaker in Fremont. Additionally, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce has offered to partner with the City to host a virtual meeting with small business owners, and police community engagement staff are organizing meetings during the month of May with Neighborhood Crime Watch Captains as well as with the Dawoodi Bohra community.

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