Police Civilian Review Board holds first meeting

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Police Civilian Review Board held its first meeting Wednesday.

One of the items discussed was adding another member to the eight-member board.

By adding another member, the CRB is looking to avoid gridlock when it comes to decision making.

The board agreed to reach out to Jeff Fogel to see if he would be willing to be the ninth member.

Many of the members felt that Fogel should have been selected to the board when the Charlottesville City Council made the appointments in June.

If Fogel declines, members of the board said they will look to add someone from the original pool of candidates.

The board will look to fill the chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer positions in the coming weeks after discussing the responsibilities of each position.

The board also discussed having transparency between the members and the public by making information available to them, having a liaison at the meeting from the Human Rights Commission and the Charlottesville Police Department and drafting bylaws for operations.

It has until May 1 to have the bylaws drafted.

During the Civilian Review Board meeting, Don Gathers emphasized the importance of getting on the same page early if they want to make any type of progress.

"It's extremely important that we get off to a solid footing and get going in the right direction and start moving and pressing the needle forward as soon as possible," said Gathers. "We need to make sure that we’re exemplifying what it is that we want from our police department as well as from our citizens."

The CRB agreed to meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at CitySpace.

The next meeting will be Aug. 14 and all meetings will be open to the public.

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