Cedric Alexander

Minneapolis schedules public hearings after Community Safety Commissioner nomination

Public hearings have been scheduled for Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s nomination of Cedric Alexander as Community Safety Commissioner.

The City Council’s Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing Aug. 2 to consider Mayor Frey’s nomination of Cedric Alexander for the City’s first Community Safety Commissioner.

Alexander, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, would bring more than 40 years of executive leadership in civil service, law enforcement and public safety to this new role. He has previously served as the director of public safety for DeKalb County in Georgia where he oversaw police, fire, emergency response and 911. He also served as the chief of police and later deputy mayor for the City of Rochester, New York, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and a member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.


As the Community Safety Commissioner, Alexander would oversee the mayor’s newly proposed Office of Community Safety, which would integrate five departments: 911, Fire, the Office of Emergency Management, Police, and Neighborhood Safety (formerly known as the Office of Violence Prevention.)

Upcoming public hearing

  • Nomination of Cedric Alexander for Community Safety Commissioner
    1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. City Council’s Committee of the Whole, room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

People can pre-register online up until three hours before the hearing to participate and are also welcome to register in-person at the meeting. Letters may also be submitted for the public record by email to cityclerk@minneapolismn.gov or mailed to Office of City Clerk/Attn: Appointments, City Hall, room 304. 350 S. Fifth St. Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Learn more about participating in a public hearing.


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