Twenty people selected to serve on Portland's new community panel to oversee … – OregonLive.com
A former state senator, a clinical psychologist, an emergency room doctor, an ER tech, a local rabbi and a civil rights lawyer are among a group of 25 people chosen to serve either as full members or alternates on a new community panel responsible for overseeing the progress of federally mandated Portland police reforms.
The new Community Oversight Advisory Board, led by retired Oregon Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz, will meet for the first time Feb. 9.
The 15 voting community members selected to serve on the board are: Kristi Jamison, a member of the city’s Commission on Disability; Emanuel Price, a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission; Myrlaviani River, a recent graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in peace/conflict studies who struggles with mental illness; Catherine Gardner, an ER tech who previously worked as a mental health therapy technician at the state hospital; Bud Feuless, a blind transgender person currently in transition; Cory Murphy, co-chair of the Alliance for Safer Communities and an LGBT advocate; Vanessa Gonzalez, who has lived with a diagnosed mental illness for 13 years and is active in Don’t Shoot Portland; Sharon Maxwell, owner of Bratton Construction Co. and founder of Young/Youth Adults Being Connected; Ime Kerlee, a counselor and academic coach who works with trauma survivors; Roger ‘Jimi’ Johnson, who has worked for Multnomah County’s Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Human Services for 20 years; Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, chief medical director for Volunteers of America (Mayor Charlie Hales’ appointment); former state Sen. Avel Gordly (Commissioner Nick Fish’s appointment); Rochelle Silver, a clinical psychologist and former member of the city’s Citizen Review Committee (Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s appointment); Sharon E. Meieran, an ER doctor who has been lobbying for the creation of a new psychiatric ER in Portland (Commissioner Steve Novick’s appointment); and Rabbi Michael Cahana, senior rabbi at Portland’s reform synagogue Congregation Beth Israel (Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s appointment).
The five non-voting Police Bureau members include: Capt. Vince Elmore, a former vice president of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives; Lt. Tashia Hager, of the bureau’s new Behavioral Health Unit; Sgt. Michelle Hughes, a member of the bureau’s crisis negotiation team; and Officers Jakhary Jackson, who works North Precinct patrol; and Paul Meyer, who returned to the bureau’s training division after he was paralyzed from the waist down during an on-duty training accident.
Alternate members are: Tom Steenson, a retired Portland civil rights lawyer who has won million-dollar settlements in high-profile lawsuits against the city; Philip Wolfe, who sits on the city’s Commission on Disability; Joshua Robinson, a military veteran and former military police officer; Laquida Landford, a Home Forward volunteer who works at Central City Concern; and Mireaya Medina, an African American community organizer and artist.
“The empaneling of this board is a tremendous next step in our ongoing effort in police reform,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. “The advisory board, along with other steps, will further strengthen the relationship between this police department and the communities it serves.”
The creation of a community board is required as part of the city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement stemmed from a 2012 U.S. Justice Department investigation that found Portland police engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force against people with mental illness or perceived to have mental illness. The investigation also found that stun gun use by officers was unjustified and excessive at times. The settlement, approved by a federal judge in late August, calls for changes to Portland policies, training and oversight.
The board’s meeting and a training for its members will be open to the public.
The board’s training will occur on Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Midland Library, at 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.
The first board meeting will be Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Midland Library.
The board members were selected by city commissioners, members of the disability and human rights commissions, and from a selection committee chaired by state Rep. Lew Frederick.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz said she was pleased with the range of experience among community members selected for the board. “Now the hard work really begins,” she said.