DULUTH - Members for a board that will build trusts between the police department and community have been selected.Four people of color, three women and four men were picked to serve on the Citizen Review Board.
They're educators, religious leaders, advocates for women, have worked with law enforcement and have ties to communities of color.
They'll work to review citizen complaints that have not been resolved.
"I am excited to get this going and I think it will help out, build relationships and trusts with the community,” Duluth Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “I am grateful for the members behind us and those that helped build it."
They will start to patrol as soon as they have their first meeting.
Members will meet on a monthly basis and call special meetings if needed.
Below is a list of the appointed members:
Blair Powless - Works as the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church in Duluth. His background is in education and communication.
Renee Kathy Van Nett - Works as Services Coordinator at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) Cabinoo'Igan Shelter in Duluth. She has previous experience on a City Commission having served on the Duluth Indian Commission from 2009-2010.
David Baker - Has over twenty years of experience working with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and currently works as a Unit Manager in the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth.
Katherine Eagle - Is the Staff Attorney at PAVSA. She is the first sexual assault advocate to ever be housed within the Duluth Police Department (DPD). She serves on the Board of Directors for Lifehouse and is Board Treasurer for Mending the Sacred Hoop.
Doug Bowen-Bailey - Is a sign language interpreter, educator, and resource developerwho has served on the Duluth Task Force for Improved Community Police Accountability for the past five years, as well as serving on numerous committees and boards throughout the community.
Patricia Oakes - Retired from the Duluth Police Department after 27 years of experience which included serving on the Lake Superior Gang and Drug Task Force and the Deputy Chiefs Board. She has also served on several community boards including the Salvation Army, Community Action Duluth, and Men as Peacemakers.
Gabriel Green - Is the Lead Pastor at the Church of Restoration in Duluth. He serves on the Board of Directors of Youth in Duluth and is active in the Lincoln Park Improvement Project.