On February 28, 2017, Ferguson City Council appointed the first seven members to the Civilian Review Board.
On January 24, 2017, the
Ferguson City Council passed an ordinance officially establishing civilian
oversight of the Ferguson Police Department. The
Ferguson Civilian Review Board will consist of nine members: two
residents from each ward and three at-large members who may be residents or non-residents,
who are Ferguson business owners, educators, ministers or a community leader
serving the City of Ferguson.
In developing this civilian
board, it was extremely important the board reflect the diversity of the City
they will serve. To reach this goal; educational sessions were held to inform the public on the
powers, duties and responsibilities of membership, and to encourage citizens to
apply. Interested applicants were
required to attend at least one educational session. These sessions were
identical and held so that anyone interested in learning about or wanting to
apply for the board was able to attend a session that fit their personal
February 28, 2017, the City Council appointed the first
seven members to the Civilian Review Board.
The members are: (Ward 1) Eugene Franks, Brenda Young; (Ward 2) Mary Ellen Moylan; (Ward
3) William Bryant, Terry Burton; (At Large) Melanie Powell – Robinson, and
Thomas Lawson. The final two members will be appointed at the upcoming City
The Civilian Review Board is the oversight body charged
with investigations of complaints made against members of the Ferguson Police
Department. They will review, assess,
and recommend modification of Ferguson Police Department policies, procedures,
training plans and curricula. They will
work on educating the public on policing and enhancing the police department’s relationship
with the Ferguson community. The
Civilian Review Board will review crime data, racial profiling data and
complaint statistics to identify patterns and trends. Lastly, members of the Board will also serve
on police officers hiring and promotional panels.