Mayor Bob Buckhorn Unveils Mayoral Appointments to Citizens Review Board
Today Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced his five appointments and two alternates to the Citizen Review Board. The Citizen Review Board aims to hold both the Tampa Police Department and the citizens of the City of Tampa accountable.
“After a healthy and thorough debate, I’m happy to announce my appointments to the Citizen Review Board,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “These men and women represent a vast cross-section of Tampa’s most trusted and upstanding residents. Their diverse backgrounds as well as unique life experiences, will be key in providing an objective and transparent review of cases as they arise. I am confident that these appointees will serve the City with integrity and responsibility.”
“The Mayor’s appointments to the Citizens Review Board are a huge step in the right direction,” said Police Chief Eric Ward. “This is an impressive and diverse group of people who are well known and have earned the respect of our community. I look forward to having the City Council select their appointments to this important Board so we can continue moving forward.”
The 11-member Citizens Review Board, including nine voting members and two alternates, will review cases involving use of force and other cases that resulted in internal investigations, as well as issues of importance to the community and TPD.
These appointees are composed of volunteers who must be city residents or own a business in the city and will serve 4-year terms. Four of the voting members will be appointed by City Council.
The Review Board’s monthly meetings will be televised and open to the public. Mayor Buckhorn hopes to have the Board in place by the first of the new year.
For more details on the Citizens Review Board visit www.tampagov.net/police.