June 3, 2020
Mill Valley Community,
First and foremost, I want to express my sadness and absolute condemnation concerning the actions that took the life of George Floyd. My condolences go out to the Floyd family and to all those currently grieving.
His death is yet another example of a senseless and avoidable outcome at the hands of law enforcement and reflects poorly on each of us who has taken an oath to uphold and defend rights of those we have committed to serve and protect.
This tragic event in Minneapolis, and the ensuing protests around our country once again shine a light on the challenges that persist in our communities, and the important responsibilities we all have to identify and call out deeply rooted, systemic inequalities in our society.
To that effect, let me be clear – discrimination and systemic racism are of immediate local importance, here in Mill Valley.
As your Acting City Manager and Chief of Police, I want to assert that the City of Mill Valley is committed to deliver service in an unbiased and equitable manner. I commit to continuing to work with our staff, agency partners and community members to ensure that the City of Mill Valley acts as a leader in our community to uphold the highest levels of accountability, honesty, integrity, professionalism, transparency, and trust.
Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank community members for your commitment to equality and justice. We have heard your voices and appreciate them. We look forward to working with you to bring about a more just and equitable world.