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New Police Community Outreach Liaison AppointedNew Police Community Outreach Liaison Appointed<div class="ExternalClassA8A515C8E6554D83A9AC8F52A842F0AA"><p><img src="/Media%20Assets/Marchelle-Franklin2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:129px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />Today Marchelle Franklin will step into the role of Assistant to the Police Chief, replacing Gerald Richard, who retired today.  Her efforts will focus on community outreach with the Phoenix Police Department. </p><p>Franklin is an accomplished executive with 25 years of experience in the public and private sector. Until today, she served as Deputy Aviation Director for Community Development and Government Relations with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.  In this role, she directed local, state and federal legislative affairs and managed small business development/outreach. </p><p>Prior to that she served eight years in the office of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon including a post as Chief of Staff.   She also served two years as Chief of Staff to Phoenix District 8 Councilmember Michael Johnson. Before joining the City of Phoenix, Franklin’s career spanned more than 16 years in senior and executive human resources management positions in the private sector.   </p><p>“I have spent my life in this community and have deep relationships here. It will be very exciting to serve the city in this new capacity along side Acting Chief Yahner,” said Franklin.</p><p>She said she plans to meet with community members after the holidays to begin a dialogue about how to make improvements and impact change.</p><p>“Marchelle and I have known each other for a long time and she is the perfect person to help us continue our outreach efforts during this pivotal time in our community,” said Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner.</p><p>In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair) and Phoenix Sister Cities Commission.  Marchelle is a member of the International City/County Management Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Valley Leadership Class XXV and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Franklin was appointed to the board of Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona in November 2014.</p><p>“Marchelle brings the perfect mix of organizational experience and community perspective to this important role,” said City Manager Ed Zuercher.</p></div>12/19/2014 11:30:00 PM(Media) Deborah Ostreicher602-495-5901