Local Government Looking for Citizens to Join Boards

Local Government Looking for Citizens to Join Boards

The County and City are currently looking for members to serve on the Children’s Services Council (CSC) and the Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB).

Children’s Services Council (CSC)

Approved by voters in the November 2020 election, the CSC is being implemented under the Florida Statutes, Section 125.901, for the purpose of providing funding for children’s services. The CSC plans to invest in the wellbeing of children while maximizing resources and ensuring accountability. It will support organizations that serve children and families in Leon County, identifying the needs of children in the community with evidence-based programs.

The Council is currently looking for ten qualified individuals, five from a list being submitted by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. Under the Florida Statutes, those appointed represent the demographic diversity of Leon County’s population.

All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than Jan. 13, 2021 at LeonCountyFL.gov/CSCApplication. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Leon County for the previous 24-month period and willing to submit an annual Statement of Financial Interests Form. Applicants are asked to attach a resume or brief explanation of skills, experience and educational background.

Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB)

The CPRB will serve as an advisory board to the City Commission, City Manager and Police Chief. Members of this board review and discuss recommendations regarding internal affair reports involving use of force and other important interests to the CPRB, the Police Chief and the City.

The board will contain nine members, five individuals appointed by a member of the City Commission and the remaining four appointed by the Commission as a whole. The decisions are based on applications, accompanied by a letter of nomination by a community-based civic or social service organization.

These organizations include local chambers of commerce, social justice advocacy groups, faith-based organizations and local mental health, juvenile justice or university/college associations.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit Talgov.com/transparency/boards to complete the online form. The application deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2021.

3 Responses to "Local Government Looking for Citizens to Join Boards"

  1. A lot of people dont have a concept of basic math. Thanks a lot public schools.
    Let Snidely skool ya:
    9 members.
    A majority of 5 will be mini me Commissioners appointed by the Commission and obviously voting just like the Commission.
    So right there mathematically you should have a basic understanding that NO the Board will not be fair.
    Then you got 4 concerned citizens who will submit applications…BUT the Commission gets to pick who amoung the 4 applicants they will select.
    Hello does anyone in their right mind think that if Erwin Jackson Bill Shack Preston Scott and Barney Bishop apply they have a snowballs chance in a hot place of being selected by the leftist Commission??????
    Will the Board be fair? Please stop blowing smoke up my pants leg!!!!!

  2. Concerned Citizen you asked good questions:
    Here is the make up of the Police Review Board direct from the COT web site.
    “The board shall consist of 9 members, with 5 members appointed individually by each member of the City Commission and 4 members appointed by City Commission from nominations from community-based civic and social service organizations including, but not limited to: the League of Women Voters, the Urban League, Local Chambers of Commerce, the NAACP, the local chapter of the Florida Bar, local organizations of clergymen, and local mental health, juvenile justice or university/college associations”.
    It will be interesting to see if any of the 5 appointments not from these special interest groups are conservative white males with actual law enforcement experience.

  3. The makeup of the Police Review Board is going to be interesting. Will it be a real effort to assist TPD and the community, or a political group to intimidate officers? We will see if it will be racially, gender and politically neutral.
    Are there any training or experience qualifications required to serve on the board?
    Will the board’s meetings be open to the public?
    Will the board’s findings and recommendations be published?
    Will TPD’s response be published?
    Will there be any penalties for TPD command staff to reject board recommendations?
    Why are the majority of appointments to the board made by city commissioners? What about the business, city, state employees, education, veterans, religious interests having a say in who sits on the board?
    We’ll see if the board really was created to address real law enforcement/community issues, or if it’s just an attempt to placate voters.

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