(Photo by Gary Woronchak)
Current Dearborn Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun spoke broadly about Napoleon’s service to the community, “Wayne County lost a giant tonight. He will be missed by his family, friends, colleagues and all the people he knew.”
Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski seemed to express frustration with a year where many of Hamtramck’s public servants have been lost to the virus.
“We’ve lost another good one,” said Majewski.
Many local community leaders also expressed dismay and sadness upon the passing of Napoleon, with many reflecting on the ways in which Napoleon encouraged diversity in the ranks of the county sheriffs department.
Imad Hamad, in a statement through the American Human Rights Council, said Napoleon’s public service was critical to ensuring the sheriffs department looked like the community it served.
“Sheriff Napoleon was a passionate and dedicated law enforcement leader who earned the respect and the admiration of the public as well as his law enforcement partners. He stood firm for advancing diversity and inclusion within the Wayne County Sheriff Department,” said Hamad.