The City Commissioners appointed nine members to the new Citizens Police Review Board at their meeting on Jan. 27.
The City Commissioners voted to establish the CPRB in June 2020 after nationwide protests against police brutality. In Tallahassee, there were three fatal officer-involved shootings in 2020.
The goal of the CPRB is to build a more trusting relationship between the Tallahassee Police Department and members of the Tallahassee community. The CPRB will review investigations of excessive or deadly force by police.
Staff reports that there were 82 applications to join the CPRB, 69 of which were eligible. Among the eligible applicants, 12 included letters of nomination from community civic or social service organizations.
The City Commissioners individually appointed five members:
- Rozetta Bobo – nominated by Commissioner Jack Porter
- Niya Hubbard – nominated by Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox
- Rashad Mujahid – nominated by Commissioner Curtis Richardson
- Luther Lee – nominated by Commissioner Jeremy Matlow
- Tom Napier – nominated by Mayor John Dailey
As a body, the commissioners appointed four members from the list of applicants nominated by community civic or social service organizations:
- Taylor Biro
- Suzanne Van Wyk
- Edward Gaines
- Barry Munroe
Following the appointments, the panel of nine will be split into three groups of one, two and three-year terms chosen at random by staff, while one person will be selected as chair for the board’s first year by Feb. 10, 2021.