Fremont appoints Karena Shackelford as new city manager, first African American to hold role in city history

FREMONT — When Karena Shackelford takes the reins as new city manager this month, the longtime city employee will become the first African American to hold the top administrative spot in the 65-year history of the Bay Area’s fourth largest city.

Shackelford was unanimously appointed to the position Tuesday by the Fremont City Council following the the apparent ouster of former city manager Mark Danaj in late September.

Karena Shackelford (Photo courtesy city of Fremont) 

“It’s an honor and privilege to announce the selection of Karena Shackelford as Fremont’s next city manager,” Mayor Lily Mei said in a statement Wednesday.

“Karena is a dynamic leader in our city organization with a

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