The City of Cleveland and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio are seeking qualified applicants to fill remaining terms for two vacancies on the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC). Applications received may also be considered for other CPC vacancies that occur in 2021. The appointment period to fill the three current vacancies is through Sept. 2023. Starting June 7, candidates may complete an application on the City of Cleveland website or obtain paper copies at City Hall entrances and Cleveland Public Library. Applications are due July 7 at 5 p.m.
The CPC is a 13-person body created as part of the Consent Decree between the City and the Justice Department in 2015. The purpose is to foster improved police and community relationships and provide community input on the agreed reforms. The CPC consists of 10 civilian representatives and one representative from each of the three police union organizations: the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield. The two current vacancies are for the civilian representative positions.
The 10 appointed civilian members 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 picked by an independent selection panel appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson in accordance with the consent decree. The panel reviews all applications and recommends new CPC members. Members are then appointed to the commission by the mayor to fill out the appointment term. CPC members are not compensated and serve in a volunteer capacity. Applicants must live or work in the City of Cleveland.
For information on the CPC’s work during the Consent Decree period, visit http://www.clecpc.org/.