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New mayor names panel to ‘reimagine’ public safety

Incoming Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss announced this afternoon that he’s appointing a 17-member Reimagining Public Safety Committee.

Daniel Biss.

Incoming Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss announced this afternoon that he’s appointing a 17-member Reimagining Public Safety Committee.

Biss says the committee “will conduct a holistic, data-driven analysis of everything we do to provide for public safety and make community-informed recommendations in time to be incorporated into the 2022 City budget.”

He says the committee members “bring a broad variety of perspectives and experiences, and while I have no illusions that it will be easy (or necessary!) to establish a consensus on all issues, I’m confident that we’ll have significant and constructive discussions that will move our City forward.”

“I also have no illusions that even a group like this can fully represent all the views and knowledge in our community,” Biss added. “We’ll be working hard to incorporate public input into our work, and I hope you’ll reach out at any time with suggestions, questions, feedback and ideas.”

Biss named himself to chair the committee. The other members are:

  • Sarah Bogan, Evanston Fight for Black Lives
  • Betty Bogg, Connections for the Homeless
  • Bobby Burns, 5th Ward Council Member
  • Marcus Campbell, Evanston Township High School
  • Betty Ester, Citizens’ Network of Protection
  • Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward Council Member
  • Alejandra L. Ibañez, Equity & Empowerment Commission Chair
  • Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • Nathan Norman, Youth and Young Adult Division, City of Evanston Health & Human Services Department
  • Andrew Papachristos, Northwestern University
  • Sean Peck-Collier, Community Activist
  • Devon Reid, 8th Ward Council Member
  • Melissa Sacluti, Evanston Police Department
  • Evangeline Semark, Organizer Focused on Safety, Healing, and Agency for Survivors
  • Kymberly Walton, Equity & Empowerment Commission
  • Kristen White, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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