Mayor Ness Names Nominees for Citizen Review Board

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Mayor Ness Names Nominees for Citizen Review Board

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- After an extensive application and review process, Duluth Mayor Don Ness has named a list of nominees for the Citizen Review Board.

The following individuals have been nominated:

- Blair Powless, who works as the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church in Duluth. His background is in education and communication.
- Renee Kath Van Nett, who works as Services Coordinator at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) Cabinoo'Igan Shelter in Duluth. She has experience on a City Commission where she served on the Duluth Indian Commission from 2009-2010.
- David Baker has over 20 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 a Staff Attorney at PAVSA. She is the first sexual assault advocate to ever be housed within the Duluth Police Department. Eagle serves on the Board of Directors for Lifehouse and is Board Treasurer for Mending the Sacred Hoop.
- Doug Bowen-Bailey works as a sign language interpreter, educator, and resource developer who has served on the Duluth Task Force for Improved Community Police Accountability for the past five years. Bowen-Bailey also serves 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. Oakes has also served on several community boards including the Salvation Army, Community Action Duulth, and Men as Peacemakers.
- Gabriel Green is the Lead Pastor at the Church of Restoration in Duluth. Green serves on the Board of Directors of Youth in Duluth and is active in the Lincoln Park Improvement Project.

Ness has presented the list of nominees to the Duluth City Council for approval at their upcoming October 8th meeting.

"Both the number and the quality of people stepping forward exceeded my expectations. The choice was difficult because we had so many excellent applications," said Mayor Don Ness. "I felt it was important that we have found a good balance of perspectives, demographics, and professional backgrounds, and we have done that. More importantly, however, I believe that each and every one of these applicants will bring an even-handed approach to their duties."

The Mayor and Council had to appoint at least three people of color, two women and one person with law enforcement background to the board.

Initial appointments to the Citizen Review Board will consist of two members for one year, two members for two years and three members for three years.

Over the summer, the Duluth City Council has approved the creation of the Duluth Citizen Review Board to act as an advisory board to the Police Department and City Council for the purpose of fostering relationships and strengthening trust and communication between the police department and the people of Duluth.

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