Atlanta Police Union Endorses Mary Norwood for Mayor
May 9, 2017:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ellen Adair Wyche
Director of Communications
ATLANTA, GA – —- The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) local Atlanta chapter today announced their strong endorsement of Mary Norwood to be Atlanta’s next Mayor. The Local 623 organization represents nearly 1200 officers of the Atlanta Police Department and is the leading voice for the City’s public safety force.
In making the announcement, Atlanta IBPO President Lieutenant Stephen Zygaj said, “The officers and members of IBPO Local 623 are eager to see Mary Norwood become Atlanta’s next Mayor. Her integrity and record on transparency set her apart plus she has a deep grasp of all of the issues that impact public safety. Mary Norwood has been a consistent advocate for Atlanta police and public safety personnel during her years in public service.”
Norwood’s city-wide knowledge and relationship with individual neighborhoods also factored in the IBPO decision to support her candidacy. “Mary Norwood’s ability to cross lines in each community is a tremendous asset. She genuinely understands that there are different needs in different communities. She’s perceptive. She notices and addresses the issues people care about that impact their daily lives. Atlanta police will benefit from having a Mayor who truly understands the many different environments we patrol,” said Ken Allen, former IBPO Atlanta President and current National IBPO Representative.
Mary Norwood said, “I am proud to have the endorsement of the IBPO Atlanta chapter. As Mayor, I will make sure the Atlanta Police Department has the best qualified, best trained department in the country and the resources to attract and retain the best and brightest to serve our city and its citizens.”