LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eleven nominees are on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's list for the city's new Civilian Review and Accountability Board. Metro Council's Government Oversight and Audit Committee will review the nominees before a vote by the full council.
The nominees are:
- Stachelle Bussey - the founder and Executive Director of the Hope Buss*
- Denise Sears - President and CEO of SOS International aka Supplies Over Seas*
- Rev. Barbara Haigler - IMC/ Pastor Broadway Temple*
- Marianne Michael - Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs*
- Jennifer Greene - Director of Transformation #
- Scott Dickens - Attorney, Fultz Maddox Dickens#
- Charles Keyes - Small Business Owner#
- Guillermo Sollano - Greater Art Solutions@
- Turney Berry - Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs@
- Antonio Taylor - Jefferson County Public Schools@
- Kellie Watson - MSD, Equity and Compliance officer@
According to a release from the Mayor's office, the Civilian Review and Accountability Board will work with the city's new Inspector General (IG) to add a "new layer of independent review" to disciplinary matters with the Louisville Metro Police Department. The IG will have the power to investigate alleged incidents of improper conduct by any member of the LMPD and any member of the public. The Inspector General's office will also look at patterns and practices within LMPD; reviewing policies, procedures, and operations; providing improvement recommendations to the Mayor's Office and Metro Council.
In a release to Spectrum News 1, Mayor Fischer said, "I want to again thank members of the workgroup who helped us establish the new board last year, as well as those who have stepped up now to serve on the new board.” Fischer added, “This board is a big part of our continuing efforts to reimagine public safety and improve the trust and legitimacy between LMPD and the larger community they serve.”
Mayor Fischer stated he wanted community involvement in the selection process. Four of the board members were selected from nominees proposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Greater Louisville, Inc. the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition, the Louisville branch of the NAACP, the Urban League, the Louisville Bar Association, Young Professionals Association of Louisville, and the University of Louisville's Public Health chair. Three nominees were selected from a list of recommendations from Metro Council and the remaining four were chose by Fischer.
The diverse list of nominees includes six women, five men; five nominees are Black, four are white, one is Arab American and one is Latinx. The median age of those nominated is 49.
* - nominated by a series of community groups, # - recommended by Metro Council, @- selected by Mayor Fischer.