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Mayor From Gary, Ind., Goes Undercover to Help City Employees

Mayor From Gary, Ind., Goes Undercover to Help City Employees

Karen Freeman-Wilson is the mayor of Gary, Indiana. She’s decided to check in on the employees of the city on an episode of Undercover Boss. Freeman-Wilson was born in Gary, a city known for its high violent crime rate. She returned to Gary after graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. {{more}}After two mayoral runs , Freeman-Wilson became the city’s first female mayor in 2012. She launched her career as a presiding judge of the Gary City Court and was later appointed Indiana Attorney General. After leaving office, she became CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute, and director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Undercover Boss airs Wednesdays at 8pm and 9pm on CBS.Undercover Boss, Gary, Indiana mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson left city hall and tried out some municipal jobs. The episode highlighted the tight budgets of a city that has been hit hard by the decline of the steel industry. To disguise herself, she put on an outlandish wig and became her alias, “Miss Sheila.” She went to work in a sanitation plant and was overcome by the smell. She then visited a fire station that was badly in need of remodeling. As “Miss Sheila,” she was taught how to conduct a traffic stop by a police officer who explained the force badly needed new equipment. Finally, she helped a parks department employee who had not received a raise in 25 years. After hearing the plight of the workers, Karen Freeman-Wilson was able to gather private and personal donations as well as reorganize budgets to help meet the needs of those she worked with side by side.

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