Fremont Selects New City Manager

Fremont is expected to ink a contract with Assistant City Manager Karena Shackelford to serve as the city’s chief administrator on Tuesday. The City Council voted unanimously to appoint Shackelford last week following the arrest and apparent termination of former city manager Mark Danaj.

Shackelford will be the first Black city manager in Fremont’s 65-year history. She is a Fremont native who has worked in local government for nearly two decades. Most of her career has been spent in Fremont where she has served as deputy city manager, interim chief technology services director, interim public works director, deputy public works director, deputy director of maintenance, business manager and more.

Shackelford holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from San Jose State University and a master’s of business administration from Saint Mary’s College. She is also a member of the International City/County Management Association.

“Karena 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,” Mayor Lily Mei said in a statement.

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