Wednesday, March 5, 2008

City seeking applicants for police review board


Applications are being accepted by the Seattle City Council for three open seats on a review board charged with civilian oversight of the police.

The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board oversees how citizen misconduct complaints against police officers are handled. All three positions are appointed by the City Council.

The review board was established in May 2002 as part of a city response to community complaints about the police.

One seat on the board is available to someone with a law enforcement background, another seat will go to a lawyer, and the third will be filled by a resident with a background in community involvement, said Nigel Herbig, an aide to Councilman Tim Burgess.

Herbig said applicants should send a letter describing their qualifications and why they want to be on the board. They should also send a resume and contact information for three references. The deadline is March 28 at 5 p.m.

Mail packets to Councilmember Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council, P. O. Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025, or e-mail the information to The letters can also be faxed to 206-684-8587.

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