Board & Staff

The Independent Citizen Police Review Board

Dr. Emma Lucas-Darby, Chair (Mayoral Seat #6:Non-LEP)
Mr. Thomas C. Waters, Vice Chair (City Council Seat #1: Non-LEP)
Mr. Elwin Green (City Council Seat #3: Non-LEP)
Dr. Mary Jo Guercio (Council Seat #4, Non LEP)
Sr. Patrice Hughes (Mayoral Seat #5, Non-LEP)
Ms. Karen McLellan (City Council Seat #2: LEP*)
Mr. Sheldon Williams (Mayoral Seat #7: LEP*)

*Law Enforcement Professional

Solicitor

William F. Ward, Esq.

Executive Director

Elizabeth C. Pittinger, MPM

Assistant Executive Director

Carolyn L. Gaskin, MS

About The Board

The people created an independent Citizen Police Review Board May 20, 1997 through a referendum amending the Home Rule Charter (§228). As expressed by the citizens of Pittsburgh, the purpose of the Citizen Police Review Board is to receive, investigate and recommend appropriate action on complaints regarding police misconduct and to improve the relationship between the police department and the community.

The Ordinance enabling the Citizen Police Review Board to conduct business was enacted by City Council on August 8, 1997 and signed by the Mayor on August 12, 1997. Members of the inaugural Board were appointed in October, 1997, and assumed full duties and responsibilities on November 1, 1997, the effective date of the ordinance. ( Pittsburgh Code, Title Six, Conduct, Article VI, “Citizen Police Review Board”)

The Board is composed of seven City residents, none of whom may be employed by the City or any of its Authorities. The Mayor directly appoints three Members and selects the remaining four Members for appointment from a list of nominees submitted by City Council. Vacancies or term conclusions are filled according to the initial appointment protocol. Two Members, and only two, must be experienced law enforcement professionals, and no Member may be a sworn, currently employed law enforcement officer. Members serve without compensation.

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