City Council considered two bills to enable the independent citizen review board:
- Bill 1997-2175: proposed by the administration
- Bill 1997-2177: proposed by City Council.
City Council held a public hearing on 7/21/1997 on the proposed legislation.
Bill 1997-2177: Enacting a new Article under Title Six of the Pittsburgh Code, entitled, “Citizen Police Review Board,” setting forth its composition, providing it with broad powers to investigate and study police policies and behaviors, and establishing its functions, all subject to certain terms and conditions.
|Mayoral Approval:||8/12/1997||Effective Date:||11/01/1997|
The legislation required that inaugural members be appointed one month prior to the effective date of the ordinance.
The initial appointment procedure required 4 members to serve 4-year terms and 3 to serveyear terms. Thereafter all terms were 4-years in duration with staggered expirations.
The Inaugural Board
|Dr. John Burkoff, J.D., Chair||11/1997 – 10/1999||2 year term||Council Seat|
|Ms. Diane DePalma(Ret. PBP Commander)||11/1997- 10/2001||4 year term||Council Seat|
|Rev. Toussaint K Hill||11/1997- 10/2001||4 year term||Mayoral Seat|
|Ms. Marsha V. Hinton||11/1997- 10/2001||4 year term||Council Seat|
|Mr. Robert Kroner *(Ret. Super. Co. Police)||11/1997 – 10/1999||2 year term||Mayoral Seat|
|Ms. Leslie Lewis **||11/1997 – 10/1999||2 year term||Mayoral Seat|
|Mr. Chuck Peters||11/1997-10/2001||4 year term||Mayoral Seat|
*: Mr. Kroner was succeeded by Mr. John H. Bingler, Esq., on 4/07/1998
**: Ms. Lewis was succeeded by Mr. Eric Roberson.