CRB Says it's Moving Forward with Mission as Member Resigns
The oversight board for the Charlottesville Police Department says it will keep moving forward without one of its most active members.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The oversight board for the Charlottesville Police Department says it will keep moving forward without one of its most active members.
On Tuesday, January 8, board member Don Gathers announced that he would be resigning from the board due to health issues.
That means the Police Civilian Review Board is now down two members, but members say it isn't going to slow the board down in its mission of having greater transparency within the Charlottesville Police Department.
On Monday, members of the board took their concerns regarding access to police data from the city to the City Council meeting.
Board members say they need more help from the city to do what they've been tasked with but with just months left and ongoing issues regarding police data from the city, board members say they plan to keep moving forward on finishing the Civilian Review Board's by-laws.
"To help achieve some of the goals that community members have that we've been hearing but also sort of build relationships with the police department - the past couple weeks have been hard in terms of relationship-building but I don't see that as the end of the discussion,” Sarah Burke, a member of the board, said.
Board members say it will ultimately be up to City Council to decide who if anyone will fill the two vacant spots on the board.
The board's next meeting was originally set for January 22 but due to a conflicting City Council meeting that night, board members are still determining a date and will post it on the city's website once set.