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Myrtle Cole

Councilmember District 4

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Myrtle Cole was elected to the San Diego City Council on June 3, 2013. She is the first African-American woman elected to serve in office for the City of San Diego and the first woman to represent the Fourth Council District. Myrtle has worked in the Fourth District since 1977 and has lived in the community of Rolando for more than 20 years.

Myrtle attended the University of Arizona and then joined the Tucson Police Department. She moved to San Diego to continue her career in policing, rising to the rank of lieutenant with the San Diego Community College District Police Department. After 11 years as a police officer, Myrtle pursued and obtained an MBA from National University. Shortly after, Myrtle accepted a position with the San Diego City Council to help implement Community Oriented Policing. This innovative policing approach is still successful today as it strives to work directly with community leaders and residents to identify and prevent crime. Continuing her community advocacy, Myrtle worked with Deputy Mayor George Stevens on affordable housing issues and on a broad array of community issues with Councilmembers Charles Lewis and Tony Young.

Immediately prior to her election, Myrtle worked for the United Domestic Workers (UDW), who provides in-home services to thousands of low-income seniors, children and people living with disabilities. She helped UDW fight for funding to keep the elderly in their homes, provide them with care and to provide good pay and benefits for the home care workers. In 2009 Myrtle received the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. award for her community service and in 2010 the NAACP honored her with the coveted A. Philip Randolph Award for educational leadership that strengthens the African-American community.

Myrtle is widely viewed as the leader on the Council in the fight for increased public safety resources, neighborhood infrastructure and workforce development. She is also a strong advocate for workers’ rights.

In her district, Myrtle continues to make neighborhood revitalization her top priority. Since elected to office, she has successfully advocated for millions of dollars for projects and programs that will pave streets, fix sidewalks, build a new library, and improve emergency medical services and public safety resources. Myrtle continues to make the redevelopment of the District’s commercial corridors a top priority, working with labor and business to bring good jobs and quality shopping to the heart of the community.

Immediately following her election, Myrtle was chosen by her council colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the Infrastructure Committee. She also serves on the Land Use and Housing and Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committees. Myrtle represents the City of San Diego as Co-Chair of the City- County Reinvestment Task Force, and as an alternate to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board, the San Diego Association of Governments (SanDAG) Board of Directors, Public Safety Committee, and Transportation Committee.

Contact Councilmember Cole at (619) 236-6644 or via email at myrtlecole@sandiego.gov.