Coun. Charlie Clark wants city council to explore the idea of adding two additional civilians to the city’s board of police commissioners.
“Police boards are set up with the intent of providing a buffer between politicians and police,” Clark said.
The board currently consists of two members of the public, two city councillors and the mayor. If Clark’s idea is adopted, the addition of two additional citizens would mean politicians would be outnumbered by members of the public.
Clark said the board is meant to act as a independent body — not simply a “creature” of city council.
He said having members of the public outnumber politicians on the board would bring another “layer of independence” to the commission.
A couple of years ago the police commission met for a total of five minutes in public before heading in-camera. Any change to that would be welcome as well.