City council selects members for their Civilian Review Board

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After weeks of discussion, the Charlottesville City Council appointed seven people to the Police Civilian Review Board during its meeting Monday night.

Council members met in a closed session an hour before their meeting to vote on the appointees.

Gloria Beard, Josh Bowers, Sarah Burke, Don Gathers, Juan Gonzalez, Katrina Turner and Guillermo Ubilla were selected to the board.

The seven people were appointed from a pool of 13 potential candidates.

The council voted 3-2 on the board with Mayor Nikuyah Walker and Councilor Wes Bellamy voting against the selections.

Councilors immediately received backlash from the community, which felt the appointments did not represent the issues they fought for.

Residents also felt that they were not given much insight as to why council made their selections.

"The resolution specifically requested and directed that there be a representative from a low-income housing community, that didn't happen," said Don Gathers. "The mere fact that the vote fell right along racial lines, that should be problematic to someone. Council needs to take a second look, they really need to revisit this issue."

One notable omission from the review board was Jeff Fogel. Many people felt that he should have been selected to the board.

Gathers thought that the decision to leave Fogel off the board was personal.

"The omission of Mr. Fogel, who was the primary mover behind the review board, is glaring," said Gathers. "Why someone would not want to include him needs to be answered to all the residents of the city because he has been standing up to people in the city for years."

The council did not provide any comment about the selections to the CRB. Walker said board meetings will be open to the public so people can address their concerns.




 
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