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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
3/5/2008  12:52:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nigel Herbig, Burgess Office, (206) 684-8806

Councilmember Tim Burgess


COUNCIL SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

SEATTLE The Seattle City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in being appointed to the Councils police accountability review board.

The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (http://www.seattle.gov/council/oparb/) independently reviews the quality of the police departments misconduct complaint handling and investigation process as reflected in closed OPA cases and advises the Council on policies and procedures that would improve the process. Applications are being received through March 28, 2008 at 5 p.m.

The OPA Review Board is part of Seattles system of civilian oversight of the police. We are looking for citizens who are motivated to serve because they recognize the importance of professional and effective police services and value government transparency. These positions demand objectivity, fairness, and a keen sense of justice, said Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair of the Councils Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee.

The individuals we appoint must inspire confidence in the public and our police officers. They must understand the challenges of effective policing and value the truth. We want individuals who have strong backgrounds of civic involvement and reputations for integrity, Burgess explained.

Two of the appointed positions are for two-year terms; the third position is for a one-year term. The time commitment varies based on the number of cases under review; the current Board meets at least four hours each month (two meetings each month). Board members receive a $400 monthly stipend.

At least one member of the OPA Review Board must be a lawyer member of the Washington State Bar Association; one must have five or more years of experience in law enforcement; and one must have significant experience in community involvement, organizing and outreach.

Applications should include a resume and cover letter which explains how the individual meets the required qualifications and why they want to serve on the review board. Applicants should include three references and their contact information. Applications are due March 28, 2008, by 5:00 p.m. Applications may be mailed to Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair, Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee, Seattle City Council, P. O. Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025; e-mailed to tim.burgess@seattle.gov ; or faxed to 206-684-8587. If faxing, please note on a cover sheet that the materials are to be delivered to Councilmember Burgess.

For additional information, review the OPA Review Board Appointment Fact Sheet, or call Councilmember Tim Burgess office at 206-684-8806.

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