Commission Selection Panel

Frequently Asked Questions

About Submitting an Application

About the Application Process

About Applicant Eligibility

About the Commission

About Applicant Criteria

Other Questions


About Submitting an Application

Thank you for your interest in the application process for the Community Police Commission.

The Cleveland Community Police Commission is one of the mechanisms of the City of Cleveland Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice to promote ongoing community input in the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and the increasing of community confidence in the Cleveland Division of Policy (CDP).

Applications for the Community Police Commission must be submitted or postmarked by August 6.

Please note that all Commission applications are public record, subject to disclosure upon request.

There are several options for submitting your application:

  1. Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION form at the Selection Panel’s website: https://www.clevelandcpc.org
  2. DOWNLOAD the application and return it via email it to selectionpanel@city.cleveland.oh.us
  3. Print the application and return it in-person at secured drop-off boxes located at the security desks at entrances to Cleveland City Hall (between 8am and 4:30pm).
  4. Print the application and return it via U.S. mail to:
    Attn: Selection Panel
    City of Cleveland Law Department, Room 106
    Cleveland City Hall
    601 Lakeside Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44114
If you do not have access to a printer, paper copies of the application can be obtained in the following locations:
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Cleveland City Hall (City Hall is the only location where you can drop off paper copies.)

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About the Application Process

What time on August 6, 2015 must applications be received?
On August 6, 2015, applications must either be:

  • postmarked and mailed by the U.S postal Services
  • hand-delivered to the secure drop boxes in Cleveland City Hall by 4:30pm August 6th;
  • submitted on-line by 11:50pm on August 6th; or
  • emailed to selectionpanel@city.cleveland.oh.us by 11:59pm on August 6th.

Will every applicant receive an interview?
Every application received will be reviewed and considered. Not every applicant will receive an interview, due to the limited amount of time the Selection Panel has to make their recommendations within the 30 day timeframe mandated by the Consent Decree.

When will Commission members be announced?
The commission members will be named by early September.

I submitted my application electronically, but did not receive a confirmation email of receipt. What should I do?
Every application submitted electronically (through the online form or the fillable PDF) will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder or call 216-370-4770 for confirmation.

Are the Commission application materials available in other languages?
The application cover letter is available in Spanish. The Commission application is only available in English, because it must be submitted in English to be considered by the Selection Panel.

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About Applicant Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply?
To be eligible, applicants must either live or work in the City of Cleveland.

What activities qualify as “working” in Cleveland?
Eligibility is open to those who reside or work in Cleveland. Those who feel their unpaid work qualifies them for the Commission should apply for consideration.

Are friends, family members and colleagues of Selection Committee members eligible to apply?
Yes, if they either live or work in the City of Cleveland.

Can the Mayor, or members of County and City Administration apply to be on the Commission?
Yes, if they either live or work in the City of Cleveland.

Is a member of the Selection Committee eligible to apply?
No.

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About the Commission

What are the responsibilities of the Commission?
The mandate of the Commission is to:

  • Make recommendations to the Chief of Police and the City of Cleveland, including the Mayor and City Council, on policies and practices related to community and problem-oriented policing, bias-free policing, and police transparency.
  • Work with the many communities that make up Cleveland for the purpose of developing recommendations for police practices that reflect an understanding of the values and priorities of Cleveland residents.
  • Report to the City and community as a whole and provide transparency on police department reforms.
For more detailed descriptions of all of the responsibilities of the Commission, please refer to the Consent Decree, which is available online at www.cleconsentdecree.com.

How many members will be appointed?
The Commission will include a total of 13 members. The Selection Panel will recommend 10 members, and Cleveland’s 3 police associations will recommend 1 member each. These organizations include the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield. All 13 will then be appointed according to the City Charter.

What other groups will have representation on the Commission?
In order to ensure diversity on the Commission, membership must include representation from eight broad categories stated in the Consent Decree. They include: Faith based organizations, civil rights advocates, the business/philanthropic community, organizations representing communities of color, advocacy organizations, youth or student organizations, academia, and individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless.

How long are terms on the Commission?
Commission members are asked to serve four-year terms. It is important to note that these are unpaid positions and that a considerable time commitment is expected, possibly one day or more a week.

Why were four-year terms selected?
The term limits are written into the Consent Decree and expected from each individual selected to serve on the Commission.

Are the Commission seats paid positions?
All the Commission seats are volunteer positions. No individual will receive any financial compensation for serving on the Commission.

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About Applicant Criteria

Can a person represent more than one of the eight broad categories stated in the Consent Decree?
It is possible for a single commission member to represent more than one category.

What are the additional characteristics you’ll be looking for in candidates for the Commission?
The application itself is very indicative of the qualities that we believe will make a good Commission member, including a strong desire to serve the community, life experience or skills that are relevant to the commission, and an understanding of the Consent Decree and the goal of the reforms that are underway. Furthermore, Commission applicants should be aware that participation will constitute a significant commitment of time, possibly one day or more per week, for four years.

What are your priorities in choosing people?
At this point, the Selection Panel members are still developing a list of priorities. They have also asked community members to share their recommended priorities for choosing people at the public meetings.

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Other Questions

Where can I view a copy of the Consent Decree?
The Consent Decree is available via: www.cleconsentdecree.com

How involved has the City and the Justice Department been in your work?
The Selection Panel confers with the City and Justice Department on legal issues only. The Panel is making decisions independently and is operating as a separate entity as described in the Consent Decree.

Who are the members of the Selection Panel?
Members of the Selection Panel were appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson on July 7, 2015, and are:

  • Eugenia Cash, Chair, Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County
  • Gabriella Celeste, Director, Case Western Reserve University Schubert Center for Child Studies
  • Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
  • Colleen M. Cotter Esq., Executive Director, Legal Aid Society, Co-chair
  • Anita Gray, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
  • Phyllis Seven Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
  • Dr. Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College, Co-Chair
  • Ronald B. Richard, President/CEO, The Cleveland Foundation
  • Victor A. Ruiz, Executive Director, Esperanza Inc.
  • Timothy L. Tramble, Executive Director, Bell, Burten, Carr Development Corporation

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