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Columbus City Council To Examine Civilian Police Review Board Legislation

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger
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WOSU

Columbus is one step closer to an active Civilian Police Review Board to establish police reform.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther on Monday announced legislation that codifies the recently appointed members of the board. The board will soon start a search for an Inspector General.

The enhancements to the City Charter would also detail the duties and responsibilities of the board and Inspector General.

Last November, voters overwhelmingly approved civilian oversight for the Columbus Police Department.

Columbus City Council is expected to hold public hearings this summer on the code changes and pass the code changes before its August recess.

Members of the board will include:

  • Brooke Burns, Chief Counsel, Juvenile Department at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender
  • Mark Fluharty, executive director of Central Ohio Labor Council
  • Janet Jackson, former Columbus City Attorney and Franklin County municipal judge, chair of Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission
  • Dr. Chenelle Jones, assistant dean/chair of public safety programs, Franklin University, member of Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission
  • Willard McIntosh, retired Columbus Division of Police officer
  • Pastor Rich Nathan, Vineyard Columbus
  • Kyle Strickland, attorney, The Ohio State University Roosevelt Institute
  • Randall Sistrunk, director of business development, Orange Barrel Media, member of Columbus Police Chief’s Advisory Panel
  • Rev. Charles Tatum, The Good Shepherd Baptist Church
  • Aaron Thomas, ASPIRE Medical Research Program Coordinator at The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Brooke Burns, Chief Counsel, Juvenile Department at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender