Philadelphia Sheriff-elect Rochelle Bilal said all citizens will be treated fairly during her administration.
This admirable woman, who has managed to make history with her designation, is characterized not only by her determined character and firm willingness to work, but also by her friendliness, kindness and open disposition to communicate her projects and ideas.
This was demonstrated in an exclusive interview with El Sol Latino during the presentation of the Sheriff´s transition team members at the Center City law office of Robert McCann.
The Sheriff-elect answered questions about the meaning of her work plan and leadership for Philadelphia’s Latino community.
“It means that everybody is equal in the Sheriff’s Office,” said the first African-American woman to hold the position. “We are going to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, and everybody has access.”
And in a clear reference to the discriminatory behaviors that have been pointed out to the outgoing administration, she added: “There´s no more blacked out people from wherever their heritage is. Everybody will be equal and treated fairly.”
The elected sheriff assured with determination that the Latino community will have equal representation in her Office.
When asked about her management’s plans regarding communication and information policies, especially those aspects related to housing procedures which are of great public interest, Bilal answered that all this information will be translated into different languages to guarantee equal treatment to people who unable to communicate in English. To this end, her Office will have a qualified staff to assist the public in processing these formalities. The intention is to “make sure that everybody has access to the Sheriff’s Office”.
Bilial admitted that the responsibility of his new position has represented a significant shift in his career and personal life.
The election brought about a great change in her and this has been reflected in a strong enthusiasm to start working with people who want to improve the current conditions. “I´m just excited and I´m just ready to go to work” added the sheriff-elect.
At the end of the interview, when asked about considering the possibility of an eight-year term, her response was an energetic laugh that leaves no doubt that the new official has plenty of enthusiasm.
From January 6, 2020, when she will take office, Bilal will have set the stage where she will demonstrate the ability to materialize her projects for the city of Philadelphia.
Translated by: José Espinoza