TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Wednesday afternoon, Tallahassee city commissioners selected who will sit on the city's Citizens Police Review Board.
City commissioners chose nine from more than 80 applicants and included four women and five men.
Diversity was a major goal for commissioners in selecting the board members, with representation from the African American and LGBTQ+ communities taking seats on the board.
Commissioners said they chose people who had the biggest connections to the community.
"Someone who is involved in their community and who's going to be an independent voice a truly independent voice. That's something I've heard over and over from the community," said commissioner Jack Porter.
Out of the nine selected, four were nominated by community organizations and the other five were city commission picks.
This board comes together after three deadly officer-involved shootings in 2020.
Once the board gets to work they are expected to provide citizen complaints and recommendations annually on how to improve the Tallahassee Police Department.
Here's a look at the board:
- Tom Napier
- Luther Lee
- Rozetta Bobo
- Niya Hubbard
- Rashad Mujahid
- Ed Gaines
- Barry Monroe
- Suzanne Van Wyk
- Taylor Biro
The commission also gave the green light to four Spring events that submitted COVID-19 mitigation plans.
Word of South, LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, Red Hills Horse Trials and Southern Shakespeare Festival were permitted to carry out their events.