The Task Force was created following the tragic shooting and death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County deputy sheriff in 2013. The Task Force was made up of 21 members of the community and worked to address four important issues necessary for community healing. The Task Force presented their final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on May 12, 2015.
Board of Supervisors: Action #34, December 3, 2013.
The Task force was charged with: (1) Reviewing options for a model for an independent citizen review body. (2) Reviewing and recommending options for community policing to be considered with the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget process. (3) Reviewing and recommending whether the Office of Coroner should be separately elected from the Office of Sheriff. (4) Bringing to the Board of Supervisors any additional feedback from the community on these issues meriting County attention by the end of 2014 and discussing staff generated efforts on these issues. These duties are described more completely in the Community and Local Law Enforcement Charter, approved by the Board of Supervisors December 10, 2013.
21 members of the community: three members appointed by each Board member, three recommended by the Sheriff and appointed by the Board of Supervisors, two appointed by the Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa, and one recommended by the District Attorney and appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Membership terms were for one year.
For more information Tasks Force Members