Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission
Commission Members and Mission
Learn more about the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission members and goals.
Why was the Commission created?
Columbus needs a public, transparent community review of Columbus Police training, policies and procedures. The Commission’s review of Columbus Division of Police policies, training and procedures will help to inform its recommendation for proven safety strategies to meet our residents’ expectations and protect and serve our entire community.
How many commissioners have been appointed?
A total of 17 commissioners have been appointed to the Commission. Janet Jackson is the chair of the Commission. She previously served as Columbus City Attorney, Franklin County Judge, and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio.
How was the Commission selected?
The city received 132 applications for the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. Mayor Ginther requested recommendations that reflect diversity of thought, experience, and demographics.
Who are the Commissioners?
• Janet Jackson, Chair, United Way of Central Ohio (retired)
• 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
* Affiliations have been included for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of those listed.
Which neighborhoods are represented by the Commission?
• Appointees include community leaders, current and former safety officers, frontline social service providers, faith leaders, public safety practitioners, and academics.
The following neighborhoods are directly represented on the Commission (note: Commissioners serve many other areas in their professional capacities):
• Discovery District
• Franklin Park
• Merion Village
• Near East Side
• North Linden
• Olde Town East
• Oriole Heights
• Short North
• Weinland Park