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At their meeting on October 6th, the Common Council unanimously confirmed the inaugural slate of appointments to the newly-established Police Civilian Oversight Board. The thirteen members of the Board will be taking up their posts in the upcoming weeks to complete their rigorous training and begin the process of hiring an Independent Police Monitor.
The Council thanks everyone who applied for a position on the Civilian Oversight Board, congratulates the confirmed appointees, and expresses deep appreciation for their dedication to service to the City of Madison.
Appointed Civilian Oversight Board members:
•         Ankita Bharadwaj
•         Keetra Burnette
•         Anthony Cooper
•         Ananda Deacon
•         Keith Findley (1st Alternate)
•         Joshua Hargrove
•         Jacquelyn Hunt
•         Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores
•         Rachel Kincade
•         Isadore Knox, Jr.
•         Maia Pearson
•         Yesenia Villalpando-Torres
•         Sheray Wallace (2nd Alternate)
The Civilian Oversight Board’s purpose is to provide a body that is independent from the Madison Police Department, authorized to hire and supervise an Independent Police Monitor, and required to work collaboratively with the Office of the Independent Police Monitor and the community to review and make recommendations regarding use of force, hiring, training, community relations, complaint processes and other policies and activities.
The Board will also assist in directing efforts to ensure accountability for implementing the 177 recommendations that came out the 2019 Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee report. Full details of the powers of the Monitor and Oversight Board can be found in Madison General Ordinance 5.19 and 5.20.