Meet the Coordinator of City's New Street Crimes Unit

'Faces of the City: Matt Podolin' comes from the city's e-newsletter.

The following Q&A is from the city of Novato's Our Town e-newsletter, which you can receive for free by signing up here. In this feature, we get to know Matt Podolin, who was featured as November's employee of the month. He's working with the Novato Police Department's Novato Response Team.

How long have you worked for the city and what is your role?

I have worked for the city for the last year and a half, and I'm currently the management analyst for the Novato Response Team. I was previously a management analyst intern in the Administrative Services Department.

The NRT focuses on public safety and community problem solving. It consists of Corporal Nick Frey, Officers Nick Conrad and Nick Berg, and myself. As the management analyst for the team, I help coordinate projects and processes as well as provide data analysis.

What do you like best about your position with the city?

I'm excited to work with the NRT to help improve public safety and quality of life in Novato. The team collaborates with a wide range of partners including business, nonprofits, and other community organizations.

I am enjoying working with people from different sectors and learning from their experiences. There has also been a tremendous amount of support for innovation and creative problem solving on this team. It's exciting and energizing to work with great colleagues on new approaches to some of Novato's challenges. 

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud to be working with the NRT and to be able to impact the program as it grows. It is a great opportunity to contribute to the community.   

What is an interesting fact about you? Maybe a hidden talent?

After college, I moved to Nairobi, Kenya, to be the site manager of the newly-launched Kibera School for Girls. The school provides free education for some of the brightest and most at-risk girls in Kenya's largest slum.

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Anthony January 08, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Want less crime? Stop making SO MANY affordable housings that are bringing illegal aliens, their gangs, and the crazies.
Christine January 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Great advice, Anthony.
Steve Adams January 09, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Thank you Novato Response Team. Has Michael Frank whacked your budget yet? Per the Santa Rosa Peace Officers he just slashed the police funding when he was in Santa Rosa and knocked them to their kness. They were thrilled when Frank was hired in Novato. Got rid of him! Imagine the council hiring Frank for his "fiscal repsonsibility." Poor Novato. The residents just suffer and suffer because of our poor leadership Blogged by: Stephen A. Adams


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