Tigard council to select members of police advisory board
(Update: All seven members and two alternates were appointed to the Tigard Public Safety Advisory Board on Tuesday, Nov. 10.)
The Tigard City Council is expected to appoint seven members and two alternates to its first-ever Public Safety Advisory Board on Tuesday night.
Those include Jimmy Brown, Justin Low, Danny Rauda, Thurman 'Lee' Landers, Valerie Sasaki, Sheherazade Weyland, Patty Lofgrenas as voting members and Jeff Mott and John Gerhard as alternates.
The city received a total of 39 applications for the position with a virtual meeting held so the public could vote for the top 16 candidates. In the end, 13 submitted a resume and answered three additional questions for consideration.
Last May, Mayor Jason Snider laid out three objectives for racial equity in the city that involved identifying and eliminating institutional racism within city offices as well as the community. In addition, he said he wanted to ensure that all persons of color in the city enjoy the same safety and privilege, and to improve their "lived experience" as well.
"I am very optimistic that the work of the Pubic Safety advisory Board will lead to Tigard becoming a more equitable and just city – a city where everyone feels welcome," Snider said in an email over the weekend about the proposed appointments. "The board's work is being driven largely by what we heard from the community after the murder of George Floyd. Body cameras, no-knock warrants and use of force are a few key topic areas."
He said advisory board members will create a "workplan around the important issues facing police departments throughout our country" and that their work will begin immediately.
"Before the meetings begin, we will ensure that the board members understand the current systems and processes the Tigard Police Department uses to protect and serve the community now," said Snider.
In addition to the seven community members, the council at its Oct. 27 meeting appointed John Trinh to the board as a mental health professional representative, as well as Tigard City Councilor Liz Newton, who will serve as the City Council's representative for the board.
The composition 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, Tigard's municipal court judge, the president of Tigard High School's Black Student Union or a designee, the Tigard City Council's youth councilor and a representative from Tigard's business community.
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