Almost 40 apply for six seats on Tigard police advisory board
(This story has been updated to include a link for the community to vote on their top pick for six at-large seats to the Public Safety Advisory Board.)
Tigard has received 39 applications for at-large seats on its soon-to-be-formed Public Safety Advisory Board.
The Tigard City Council is seeking six at-large members to be part of a broad-based, 15-member advisory board being formed as the result of community input and discussions after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody in late May.
During a virtual chat meeting Thursday night, City Councilor Tom Anderson said the field of applicants includes "some very impressive individuals."
Councilor Heidi Lueb said the public will have the chance to select their preferences for the at-large positions. Plans are to allow the community to vote for their top 16 candidates, with the council selecting eight finalists that will include six board members and two alternates.
The council has said it will give a preference to those at-large members who can best represent the Black, Indigenous and people of color community (also known as BIPOC), and the LGBTQIA+ and faith communities in Tigard.
"Thank you so much everyone for applying," Lueb said, during the chat. "I think it's fantastic we have so many people excited about it."
Citizens selected to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Board are expected to 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.
The wide-ranging makeup of the board will also include Tigard's 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.
The board will begin its work by reviewing public safety practices.
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