Tigard seeks six at-large members for Public Safety Advisory Board
(Update: The city received a total of 39 applications for six seats on the Public Safety Advisory Board.)
Residents of Tigard have until the end of the day Wednesday to apply to be one of six members on the city's 15-member Public Safety Advisory Board. The board, the first of its kind in the city, is the result of community input and discussions by the Tigard City Council following the killing of George Floyd last spring at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
The city has said it is seeking representatives from the community at-large with a preference given to those who can best represent the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community (also known as BIPOC), and the LGBTQIA+ and faith communities in Tigard.
The wide-ranging makeup of the board includes the police chief or the chief's designee, a sworn member of the Tigard Police Officers' Association, the city attorney, the municipal court judge, the president of Tigard High School's Black Student Union or a designee, the Tigard City Council's Youth Councilor, a Tigard City Council member, a licensed mental health professional with a presence in Tigard and a representative of the business community.
Appointment of the community members will occur through a two-step process where a caucus format will allow the community to select 16 candidates. From there, the community will review applicant statements and select 16 candidates via social media and other means. The second step of the process involves selecting eight finalists to include six board members and two alternates.
The board will begin its work by reviewing public safety practices.
Those residents will then participate in board meetings that will likely be held every other week for at least one year. They will also be required to attend a Tigard Police Community Academy.
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