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February 15, 2005

 
Minutes
Citizen Review Committee
February 15, 2005
 
Approved March 15, 2005
 
CRC Members Present:  Hank Miggins (Chair), Michael Bigham, Gwenn Baldwin, Loren Eriksson, Marcella Red Thunder, Lewellyn Robison, Irma Valdez.
 
CRC Member Absent:  Bob Ueland 
 
City Staff Present: Gary Blackmer (City Auditor), Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Lillian Dote (IPR), Michael Hess (IPR), Pete Sandrock (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR), Linly Rees (City Attorney’s Office)
 
The meeting was called to order by Chair Miggins at 5:34 p.m.
 
I.  Introductions  (including two new CRC members: Michael Bigham and Marcella Red Thunder) 
 
II.  The 1/18/05 CRC minutes were approved as written with two abstentions (M. Bigham and M. Red Thunder)  
 
III. Director’s Report
 
  • Bob Ueland is still recovering from his recent illness.  He expects to be able to attend the March meeting.
  • There is a new rule for after-hour meetings at City Hall.  Anyone who leaves the building after 6:00 p.m. will not be permitted to return to the building.
  • CRC members were reminded that they are subject to the City of Portland’s Code of Ethics.  (Handout of Code of Ethics provided to each member).
  • There was to be a presentation by the Police Bureau at tonight’s meeting regarding policy and tactics during civil protests.  However, a recent civil settlement called for the Chief to meet with litigants, and this has not yet occurred.  The Chief has declined to discuss this issue in public until after he has met with the litigants.  When the CRC discussion of this issue takes place, the Director will invite the litigants to participate.   (Irma Valdez and Gwenn Baldwin requested that the Director urge the Chief to meet with the CRC on the protest issue as soon as possible.)
  • As noted at the January meeting, the appellant for CRC Appeal No. 2004-C-0003 waived his right to appeal as a condition of the settlement of his civil lawsuit against the City of Portland.  Despite the waiver agreement, the appellant’s attorney sent a letter to the Director and to Chair Miggins requesting an appeal.  We are unable to honor this request due to the written terms of the settlement.  However, the policy issues raised in this appeal will be fully discussed and the appellant’s attorney will be notified of the time and date that this issue is addressed by the CRC.
  • A civic service award was presented to Ric Alexander in recognition of his six years of service as a member of PIIAC and the CRC. 
  • The Director summarized a letter addressed to IPR Deputy Director Michael Hess from Michael Shinn, the attorney for the appellant of the January 18 hearing.  Mr. Shinn expressed his concerns relating to how the CRC handled his client’s appeal.  The letter is available for any CRC members who wish to read it in its entirety. 
  • The election of 2005 CRC officers will take place at the March meeting. 
    (Handout: CRC Protocol on Election of Officers)
  • Retired IAD Captain Darrel Schenck has been hired by the Police Bureau to review and revamp the Bureau’s Early Intervention System.  Assistant Director Sandrock is representing the IPR on this project.  Loren Eriksson and Lewellyn Robison were chosen by Mr. Miggins to represent the CRC (after they were the first to volunteer).
  • On April 16 there will be a full day of training for new CRC members at the Police Bureau’s AdvancedAcademy training center at Camp Withycombe.
  • One CRC position remains open.  Mayor Potter has decided to wait until the next recruitment season to recommend a member.
 
IV.  Assistant Director Sandrock summarized the report of the CRC Audit Workgroup.  The workgroup (Ric Alexander, Loren Eriksson, and Lewellyn Robison) spent approximately forty hours reviewing a random sample of IPR and IAD closed cases.  Loren Eriksson made a motion for the entire CRC to accept the workgroup report.   Lewellyn Robison seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.   The next CRC audit of this nature is scheduled to take place in June 2005.  Copies of the report are available upon request. 
    
V.  Discussion of the creation of an IPR-CRC Citizen Advisory Committee.  The Director proposed the creation of a larger group to made up of representatives and leaders of various local organizations for the purpose of better gauging the concerns of the community.  It was suggested that a workgroup be assigned to look into the creation of such a committee.   Chair Miggins suggested that further discussion be held over until the next meeting.
 
VI.  Discussion of the upcoming CRC Retreat.  The retreat will take place on Saturday, February 26, at the Water Bureau’s Pollution Control Laboratory.  Gwenn Baldwin reviewed the retreat agenda, and retreat packets were handed out. 
 
VII.  IPR Management Analyst Lillian Dote facilitated a discussion of the 2004 IPR annual report.  There was agreement that the last report was too long and that the 2004 report should be kept to less than 100 pages in length.
 
VIII.  Public Comment.  Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch) and Larry Norton (retired attorney)
 
The meeting was adjourned by Chair Miggins at 8:02 p.m.