FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANAHEIM ANNOUNCES PILOT PUBLIC SAFETY BOARD MEMBERS
Anaheim, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2014)- In February 2014, the City of Anaheim announced the formation of a pilot Public Safety Board, to be comprised of community members who will review items such as fire and police budgets, staffing levels, service delivery mechanisms, police and fire policies and practices, and certain critical incidents.
Today, Anaheim Interim City Manager Paul Emery announced the nine community members who will serve on the pilot Public Safety Board:
- Central: Michael Colicchio, Robert Nelson
- East: Carolyn Bryant, Eric Smith
- South: Miriam Chairez, Ericka Martinez
- West: Forrest Turpen, Michael Vogelvang
- At-Large: Thomas Dunn (West)
Board members were selected using a lottery system reflecting the four existing neighborhood council areas: West, Central, East and South with one member being selected at large. More than 80 Anaheim residents applied to serve on the Board. The members are scheduled to hold their first quarterly meeting this fall, and the community is encouraged to attend and share comments. Meeting dates and locations will be announced at a later date.
The Board members will work in conjunction with an external auditor, who will serve as a liaison and provide independent analysis and law enforcement best practice information. Together, the Public Safety Board and external auditor will develop policy recommendations for consideration by the City Manager, as well as the Police and Fire Chiefs. Additionally, pilot Public Safety Board members will receive training prior to holding their first quarterly meeting, anticipated this fall.
The City of Anaheim has long offered its residents the opportunity to serve on a number of boards and commissions in order to establish greater communications and to receive recommendations on city services. In addition, Anaheim Police Department and Anaheim Fire & Rescue currently utilize several avenues by which to receive input including active participation in community meetings and outreach activities. The pilot Public Safety Board is an additional body to the City’s existing community public safety engagement efforts; specifically, it will provide residents another opportunity to become more involved in the delivery of public safety services, as well as increase transparency.
A list of board members can be found by clicking here.
To learn more about the Police Safety Board, please visit www.anaheim.net/PSB.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.