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Fremont Council appoints Kareena Shackleford as new city manager.

Fremont – When Kareena Sheckleford takes over as the new city manager this month, the longtime city employee will become the first African-American to hold a senior executive position in the 65-year history of the Bay Area’s fourth-largest city.

Fremont City Council unanimously appointed Shackleford to the post on Tuesday following the clear removal of former city manager Mark Dinaj in late September.

Carina Schelford (Photo courtesy of Fremont)

“It is an honor and privilege to announce the appointment of Karina Sheckleford as Fremont’s next City Manager,” Mayor Lily May said in a statement Wednesday.

“Kearna is a dynamic leader in our city organization with a proven track record of leading complex projects, effectively implementing the council’s policy direction, and building positive relationships throughout the organization and community,” Mai said. ۔ “

Shackleford has more than two decades of experience in local government, according to the city statement, before starting as an employee in San Jose, before joining Fremont in 2006.

For the past three years, Shackleford has been serving as Assistant City Manager at Fremont.

“I am very proud to take on this important responsibility for my hometown and the city where I have spent most of my career,” Sheckleford said in a statement.

“I would like to thank the City Council for their trust in me and for their leadership as we make sure that we see Fremont as a model city in promoting innovation and solving these problems. Let’s take care of our community. ”

Shalckelford will become the ninth city manager in Fremont’s history. Fred Diaz, a Mexican-American, became the first Latino to play the role of city manager in 2004.

Shackleford has played a number of roles in the city, most recently managing day-to-day operations and overseeing the departments of public works, community services and information technology services.

Prior to becoming assistant city manager, Sheckleford served as deputy city manager, overseeing the city clerk’s office, legislative affairs, communications, organizational development, and city council relations.

She has previously served as the city’s interim chief technology services director, interim public works director, deputy public works director, deputy director of maintenance and business manager.

Growing up in Shackleford Fremont, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, and is a member of the International City / County Management Association. City.

“As City Manager, I will compete with Fremant’s strong tradition of financial stability, safety and excellent customer service,” Sheckleford said.

The council will vote on Shackleford’s employment agreement at its scheduled meeting on October 19, according to the city.

Dinaj, the former city manager from September 2018, abruptly resigned at the end of September without any explanation.

Although city officials have repeatedly declined to comment on the reason for his departure, the secessionist agreement reached by the news organization suggests that Danaj may have been forcibly evicted by the council, and relocated to the city. More than 300 300,000 was paid by

Danaj was arrested in San Francisco on Sept. 15 on suspicion of domestic battery and false imprisonment, police said, about two weeks before he resigned. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office refused to file charges against him due to lack of evidence.

According to Danaj’s lawyer, city leaders apparently knew about the arrests, but neither city officials nor their lawyers would comment on whether the incident played a role in getting out of the city.

Brian Stout, assistant city manager for the city, is currently serving as interim city manager.

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