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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
3/8/2013  11:40:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Vinh Tang, Councilmember Harrell's Office, 206-684-8804
Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061
 

Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell

Seattle's Community Police Commission appointees are presented to the public

Seattle's Community Police Commission appointees are presented to the public

Seattle - Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council's Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will convene a special committee meeting on March 13 at 5:30 p.m. to consider legislation to move forward on the implementation of the Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The committee will begin the meeting with a public hearing on the 15 Mayoral appointments to the Community Police Commission. All 15 members were appointed by the Mayor and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Last October, the Council formally established the DOJ agreement's Community Police Commission by ordinance through Council Bill 117608. Through this Council Bill, the Council established a clear selection criterion to ensure the members are representative of Seattle's diverse population and are in a position to impartially review and make recommendations on policies related to use of force and biased policing.

The appointments are:
1) Claudia D'Allegri, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Vice President of Behavioral Health;
2) Lisa Daugaard, Co-chair, Defender Association, Deputy Director;
3) Kate Joncas, Downtown Seattle Association, President and CEO;
4) Bill Hobson, Downtown Emergency Services Center, Executive Director;
5) Jay Hollingsworth, John T. Williams Organizing Committee;
6) Joseph Kessler, Seattle Police Department, Captain;
7) Diane Narasaki, Co-chair, Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Executive Director;
8) John Page, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, Program Coordinator at the Defender Association's Racial Disparity Project;
9) Tina Podlodowski, former Seattle City Councilmember;
10) Marcel Purnell, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism;
11) Jennifer Shaw, ACLU of Washington, deputy director,
12) Kevin Stuckey, Seattle Police Department, Officer;
13) Kip Tokuda, former State Representative for the 37th Legislative District;
14) Rev. Harriet Walden, Co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability; and
15) Rev. Aaron Williams, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Senior Pastor.

The committee will also consider two pieces of legislation to provide resources and staffing to execute the Settlement Agreement. Council Bill 117727 will create a new Office of the Community Police Commission within the Executive Department at a cost of $362,865. The second Council Bill will provide funding to staff seven new positions at the Seattle Police Department to implement the Settlement Agreement at a set budget of $2,767,110. The two budget expenditures were accounted for when Council adopted the 2013 budget.

The Council will move forward expeditiously to implement the necessary long-lasting positive changes in the Police Department.

WHAT:           Special Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee

WHEN:           Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Council Chambers, second floor
                        Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO:              Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
                        Councilmember Nick Licata
                        Councilmember Mike O'Brien
                        Council President Sally J. Clark
                        Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
                        Councilmember Tim Burgess
                        Councilmember Richard Conlin
                        Councilmember Jean Godden
                        Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

The committee will vote on the Mayor's appointments to the Community Police Commission at this meeting.

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