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Media advisory
News Date: March 08, 2018

Mayor Ginther Appoints 17 People to Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther appointed 17 people to the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission today at an announcement at Driving Park Community Recreation Center at 1100 Rhoads Ave. 

“The purpose of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission is to review Columbus Division of Police policies, training and procedures,” said Mayor Ginther. “They will thoroughly review existing research of respected law enforcement and social justice experts and make concrete, actionable recommendations to further strengthen our Division of Police.”

This Commission is focused on areas such as de-escalation, crisis intervention and implicit bias training, use of force policies, diversity recruitment and retention, and early intervention and officer wellness programs. They will also help identify an objective, independent consultant to support their work.

Appointees, chosen from 132 applications, are:
• Janet Jackson, retired CEO of United Way of Central Ohio 
• Brooke Burns, Office of the Ohio Public Defender
• Emily Buster, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
• LaShaun Carter, Franklin County Children Services
• Tammy Fournier-Alsaada, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
• Dr. Chenelle Jones, Franklin University
• Dr. Vlad Kogan, The Ohio State University
• Matthew McCrystal, Public Safety professional
• Ellen Moore Griffin, Community Crime Patrol
• Andrea Morbitzer, Nationwide Children's Hospital
• Pastor Jason Ridley, Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist
• Traci Shaw, Columbus Division of Police
• Erin Synk, LNE Group
• Oleatha Waugh, Columbus Urban League
• Mary Wehrle, Jewish Family Services
• Tiffany White, Progressive Insurance Companies
• Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, Connecting the Dots, LLC

Mayor Ginther appointed Jackson, former CEO of the United Way Central Ohio, former Columbus City Attorney and former municipal judge, to be the chair of the Commission.

“I believe there are pivotal moments we are called to serve our community,” said Jackson. “Serving on this Commission is one of those moments for me.”

Over the coming weeks, the Safety Commission chair and the Office of the Mayor will announce public meeting dates. The first meeting of the Commission is expected to be held in April. The City will also put out an RFP for the selection of a third-party consultant. 

Mayor Ginther requested recommendations from the Commission by the end of this year. The Commission is the latest implementation of the Mayor’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy announced in November.