Meetings of the Citizens Police Review Board will henceforth be transcribed and available online, a representative for the city told board members Monday.
Assistant City Counselor Rose Wibbenmeyer said the reports, once approved, will be linked to board agendas on the city’s website.
There has been interest in the community in resuming live broadcasts of board meetings, an effort that was discontinued in 2013. The conversation surfaced during the public comment session of the June 12 board meeting.
But when board members were advised Monday night that meeting transcripts would be available online, they voiced no objection.
The board did make it clear at the meeting, however, that members want involvement in the process of selecting a new police chief but without compromising their independence.
“I think we need to be careful with our involvement in the process and how our involvement shares itself so that we don’t sacrifice our independence,” said Darryl Smith, the board chairman.
Member Baxter Nickels said he believes the board should be involved in ensuring transparency.
“What is important in this process is that there is a process that is open and transparent,” Nickels said.
Members also agreed that they have a responsibility to educate the public on the potential candidates.
“I don’t feel that I’m qualified to make a recommendation on the police chief,” said Randall Kilgore, a board member. “I am qualified to access and to review and hear comments from those individuals, including the interim (chief) if the interim is going to be one of the candidates.”
The board agreed that an open forum would help the community learn about any future candidates.
“We have a sense of what the public wants and what they’re looking for,” Nickels said.
The Citizens Police Review Board board was established in 2009 to increase accountability within the community.