Lucy Gerold, former Deputy Chief, Precinct Commander, and Commander of Leadership and Organizational Development with the Minneapolis Police Department and a current Personal Empowerment facilitator for Jeremiah Program, has agreed to serve as interim Executive Director of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul campuses effective April 1.
Gerold takes the position held for several years by Vickie Allen, who recently resigned to pursue new career opportunities. In making the announcement, Gloria Perez, President and CEO of Jeremiah Program, said, “We are grateful to Vickie for her leadership and commitment to the organization for the past few years. It was serendipity that Lucy had decided to leave the force at a time when Jeremiah needed experienced leadership.”
Gerold is a 34-year employee of the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). She created and led the implementation of community policing in the mid-1980s as the Director of Community Crime Prevention/SAFE. With the success in Minneapolis, she became a member of a national team who trained and developed cops across the country to effectively implement community policing. As a volunteer with Jeremiah, Gerold has been teaching Personal Empowerment courses to residents for more than four years.
In announcing her acceptance of the position at Jeremiah, Gerold said, “I have held almost every leadership position in the Minneapolis Police Department and I felt it was time to take my leadership skills to a different community organization. I believe in the Jeremiah model. I know from my work in law enforcement that real change takes place when you transform lives from the inside out, and that’s what Jeremiah does.”