Fremont is governed by a system that includes a mayor and eight city council members, one of whom serves as the council president, who meet twice monthly. A city administrator is responsible for the overall coordination of activities among the governmental departments (including Police, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Library, Public Works and City Clerk).
Fremont’s police department includes 39 full-time commissioned police officers, two federally funded drug investigators, five reserve officers, 11 dispatchers and a handful of clerical support staff. Additionally, the department has K-9, Bicycle and Motorcycle Patrol Units, an Emergency Response Unit (SWAT) and an Adopt-a-Cop program.
The Fremont Police Department also plays a pivotal role in a regional drug enforcement group, the III Corps Drug Task Force, along with the city of Blair, the sheriff offices of Dodge and Cuming counties and the Nebraska State Patrol.
As the county seat of Dodge County, Fremont is also home to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, housed in the County Courthouse building along with District and County Court systems, the County Attorney’s office, the Dodge County Board of Supervisors and a regional Federal Emergency Management Agency. A seven-person board of supervisors who are elected by districts with a chairman elected by the board governs the county’s business. Meetings are twice monthly.
The Fremont Fire Department has 27 full-time, certified EMTs, 14 of which are also paramedics. The fleet consists of three rescue squads, three pumper trucks and one aerial ladder truck. The Fire Department also partners with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to assemble the Dodge County Water Rescue Dive Team.
The city also boasts several organizations that provide emergency or social services, including Care Corps, the only homeless shelter and agency within the neighboring six-county area offering 24-hour shelter to homeless men, women and children. There are also the Nebraska Health and Human Services, Crisis Center for Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, Dodge County Humane Society and a local MADD chapter.