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Deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The application process for at-large nominations for four (4) seats on the City of Madison Police Civilian Oversight Board is now open. The deadline for submitting nominations or self-nominations is Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

The Civilian Oversight Board was established on September 1, 2020, when the Madison Common Council passed MGO sections 5.20 and 5.19 creating it and the Office of the Independent Police Monitor.

The mission of the Civilian Oversight Board is to “provide within the City of Madison a body that is independent from the MPD…to review and make recommendations regarding police discipline, use of force, and other policies and activities, including related to rules, hiring, training, community relations, and complaint processes”.

"I am encouraging a broad diversity of people to apply for positions both through the nominating organizations and for the at-large seats," said Mayor Rhodes-Conway.

“This is a historic moment in our city to see representation of those who are not often heard or seen to serve on the Civilian Oversight Board. This is a great opportunity for City of Madison residents to have a seat at the table where their concerns relative to law enforcement can be heard. I encourage all to apply to serve on the newly created Civilian Oversight Board,” said Council President Sheri Carter.

MGO 5.20 requires that the Civilian Oversight Board have a diverse composition in the following intersectional areas of lived experience and identities:

  • Homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse and/or arrest or conviction records
  • Racial and ethnic diversity, including: African American; Asian; Latinx; Native American
  • Members of the LGBTQ community; and affiliation with an organization in the field of: Mental Health; Youth Advocacy; and AODA.The Council and Mayor will also consider the following additional lived experiences and identities when making appointments: age, socioeconomic status, gender, geographic residence, and work experience. Individual members may represent more than one of the categories listed above.

Civilian Oversight Board members must be Madison residents when they are appointed, and may not have ever been employed by the MPD, be an immediate family member of current or former MPD employees, or worked as a law enforcement officer within the State of Wisconsin in the ten (10) years prior to becoming a Member of the Board. For purposes of this ordinance “immediate family” means an individual’s spouse or designated family or registered partner or an individual’s relative by marriage, lineal descent or adoption.

To apply for consideration for one of four (4) At-Large Civilian Oversight Board seats (two (2) voting members and two (2) alternates), please complete the following:

For additional information about the Police Civilian Oversight Board and the process of creating it, please visit the webpage of the webpage of the Alder Workgroup to Develop the Logistical and Operational Details for MPD Independent Civilian Oversight.

Please email, with Civilian Oversight Board Application Questions in the subject line in the subject line, or call the Common Council Office at 608-266-4071 if you have any questions about the application process.

The ordinance creating the Civilian Oversight Board recognizes the importance of having Board members who reflect the diversity of the City and individuals’ experiences with police. That is why the application requests personal information such as arrest and conviction record, and experience with homelessness, mental health and substance abuse. Because the ordinance requires that make-up, your application will become part of the public record, and the City believes this information would be subject to release in response to a public records request. We wanted to advise you of that potential in case it makes a difference in your decision to apply for the Board. (This information was added on 9/11/20)