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Aug 13

Leadership To Move Us Forward

Posted on August 13, 2021 at 2:09 PM by Marc Garcia

By now, you’ve probably heard the good news. Assistant Chief Brandon Gillespie is going to be our next Chief of Police. Brandon’s promotion is one of many positive steps forward in improving safety in our community.

Both national and local events, some with tragic outcomes, have clarified the need for a comprehensive discussion about how we, as a community, would like to be policed. Positive relationships between the Modesto Police Department and our residents are essential to building a city where everyone can feel safe and respected. 

This is why Mayor Zwahlen and our City Council launched Forward Together, a community engagement process to hear from the public, develop a shared understanding, and explore solutions to improve the safety of Modesto.

The involvement of thoughtful, open-minded, community-centric residents is critical to the success of this effort. That’s why the Forward Together Work Group was created and why the Modesto Police Department supports this opportunity for community participation and feedback. 

This is where leadership matters. Over Brandon’s 20-year career in law enforcement serving the City of Modesto, he has worked to solve complex problems. During his time as Interim Chief, Brandon has been a strong supporter of Forward Together. He is a tireless champion for building stronger relationships and greater trust with the community. He has recently introduced new strategies to respond to calls related to homelessness and mental health issues more effectively by hiring civilian homeless outreach workers.

In short, he is the right person for the job and the right person to continue our positive momentum toward a stronger, safer, more equitable Modesto. Chief Gillespie has a heart for this city and believes in the fundamental principles of integrity and compassion. His willingness to work with our diverse community and build even stronger relationships with our neighborhoods is why he is the perfect person to lead us forward.