Thursday, May 11, 2023

The Official Announcement

Today, three days after Chief Ed Moore announced his retirement at the informal Common Council meeting and three days after Gossips reported the news, the mayor's office issued a press release on the subject. Gossips shares that press release in its entirety.
Chief of Police L. Edward Moore announced Monday, May 8, 2023, his retirement from public service effective May 19, after his appointment to the position 10 years ago and service in law enforcement for over 42 years. Mayor Kamal Johnson and Police Commissioner Shane Bower have subsequently proudly announced that Lieutenant Mishanda Franklin will succeed Moore as the new Chief of Police for the City of Hudson Police Department. Franklin is both the first woman and first woman of color to accept this position in Hudson.
"I thank Chief Moore for his service over the past decade," said Mayor Kamal Johnson. "Through periods of turmoil and a global pandemic, he's led our force extremely well."
"As Chief Moore retires from the Hudson Police Department after 10 years of distinguished service to the residents of the City of Hudson, I would like to thank him for his dedication and service," said Police Commissioner Shane Bower. "He was a mentor to me as an officer and as an equal in my present position. His constant presence in the station and on the streets will be greatly missed. We thank him for the direction he's provided to the department over the last ten years, maintaining us as a premier law enforcement department."
"I am honored that I had the opportunity to serve alongside such skilled and professional police officers," said Chief L. Edward Moore. "Every day they perform their job with integrity, patience, and bravery, and they continue to make our city proud."
"I want to personally thank Chief Moore for his many years of excellent leadership, mentorship and friendship," said Lieutenant Mishanda Franklin. "His training and experience in this field has provided the Department and the City of Hudson with a rare combination of vision, fairness and understanding which are crucial qualities of an effective leader."
In a letter to the Common Council dated May 8, Moore noted that he had "full trust and confidence that [Franklin] will complete her duties with the utmost integrity with a passion for the well-being of our citizens and our officers. Many here know that she is a product of this city and can personally attest to her intelligence, integrity, and kindness. All attributes that will serve her well in her new position. She will succeed in making this department better."
"Lt. Franklin has shown me that she has the toughness, compassion, level-headedness and open-mindedness to run this agency in this ever-changing climate," said Commissioner Bower. "She will always think issues through, looking at all sides and avenues to benefit all, not just a few. Chief Franklin has always and will always look out for her fellow officers and treat them as the family they are."
Lt. Franklin is a lifetime resident of Hudson who has served in law enforcement for 20 years. She previously held positions as an Officer and Sergeant prior to her promotion to Lieutenant in July 2022.
"My experiences in my professional career and personal life allow me to offer a different perspective and I will work diligently in the continued pursuit of excellence in serving this community," said Lt. Frankin. "I am committed to a better future that emphasizes public safety, police accountability, transparency, integrity and trustworthiness. The Hudson Police Department is comprised of an incredible group of members who, in spite of inevitable changes and challenges, protect and serve the City of Hudson with grace. I am proud to be a part of this organization."
"The future of the Hudson Police Department is in great and capable hands with Mishanda Franklin," added Mayor Johnson. "This is a new and exciting era of leadership for the Department, and I deeply look forward to working with our new Chief."
A walking-out ceremony for Chief Moore will take place at the Hudson Police Department (701A Union Street) on May 19th at 12 noon. Lt. Franklin's swearing-in ceremony will occur at the Hudson Central Fire Station (77 N. 7th Street) on May 22nd at 9 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
The photo below, of Mayor Kamal Johnson (center) with Mishanda Franklin (left) and Ed Moore (right), appeared earlier this week on Johnson's Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. Best of luck to Chief Franklin. I think that being a police officer in this town is, like many others, a completely thankless task. Why is it that my reply, almost 24 hours after Gossips posted it, is the first one wishing her luck? People seem to be so quick to criticize our men and women in blue - even to go so far as to suggest "defunding the police" - but when something good like this happens everyone is mum. Really shameful I think.