City of Cleveland and United States Attorney’s Office Seek Community Police Commission Applicants

The City of Cleveland and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio are seeking qualified applicants for appointment to the Cleveland Community Police Commission. To qualify for consideration applicants must reside or work in the City of Cleveland.

The initial four year term of appointment for the Cleveland Community Police Commission (the “Commission”) will end in September 2019. In conformance with the terms of the Consent Decree entered into in 2015 between the City of Cleveland and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Mayor will appoint ten individuals to serve as public members of the Commission.

The term of service for the newly appointed Commission begins October 1, 2019. Individuals who have previously applied to serve on the Commission and who were not selected are eligible and encouraged to submit an application. Individuals who serve or who have previously served on the Commission are also eligible to submit an application.

A Selection Panel established pursuant to the Consent Decree will consider all submitted applications and will recommend ten individuals for appointment to the Commission  term beginning on October 1, 2019.

The Commission is a 13-person body created as part of the terms of the Consent Decree to foster police and community communication and understanding and to provide input on reform. It is made up of 10 civilian representatives and one representative from each of the three police unions: the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the  Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield.

The appointed members are to include representatives of faith-based organizations, civil rights advocates, business/philanthropic groups, organizations representing communities of color, advocacy organizations, youth or student organizations, academia and individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless.

Commission members are selected by an independent Selection Panel appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson, in consultation with the U.S. Attorney and with participation   by Cleveland City Council. After reviewing the applications the Selection Panel will recommend new Commission members, who will be appointed by the Mayor. Commission members serve in a volunteer capacity. As noted above applicants to the Commission must live or work in the City of Cleveland.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on August 15, 2019. For more information about the Commission and how to apply to become a member click on the CPC Application. For more information about the Commission’s work, go to: http://www.clecpc.org/.