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February 6, 2008 > Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

In defense of Mayor Wasserman

Dear Editor,

I normally find the editorials in the Tri-City Voice highly perceptive.

However, I cannot share the viewpoint expressed in the editorial of the January 23-29 edition, dismissing Mayor Wasserman merely as a "lifelong bureaucrat".

Mayor Wasserman spent a long and distinguished career as a police officer and police administrator.

More than 30 years ago he undertook the difficult task of becoming Fremont's chief of police after the untimely death of the highly respected former chief, John Fabbri.

I had the privilege of serving with Chief Wasserman for a 5 year period when we were both employed by the City of Fremont. I found him to be a highly capable and professional administrator.

After his retirement he served as a consultant, advising other cities. As a result of his work the City of Sunnyvale eliminated an unnecessary rank of management in its public safety department, greatly contributing to the efficient operation of that department.

Mayor Wasserman brings to the City of Fremont the great benefit of knowing city government from the inside, not merely as a police administrator, but working in conjunction with the other city departments. The value of this experience cannot be overestimated.

To dismiss Mayor Wasserman as merely a "lifelong bureaucrat" trivializes his career of dedicated public service.

Theodore R. Bresler

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