Covington council members and the mayor made their appointments to the 21st Century Policing Initiative Committee at Monday night’s Covington City Council meeting.
The appointments were:
• Janet Goodman, former Covington City Council member, appointed by Council Member Ocie Franklin, Post 3 West;
• Michael Geoffrey, attorney, appointed by Council Member Josh McKelvey, Post 3 East;
• The Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath, First United Methodist Church, appointed by Council Member Christ Smith, Post 1 East;
• Pastor Gary Thomas, Judah Apostolic Church, appointed by Council Member Kenneth Morgan, Post 1 West;
• Retired Officer Warren Gallop, appointed by Council Member Michael Whatley, Post 2 East;
• Pastor George Lanier, Grace United Methodist Church, appointed by Hawnethia Williams, Post 2, West; and
• James Johnson, appointed by Mayor Ronnie Johnston.
Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton will name officers to also serve on the board. The committee will be a joint effort between the people appointed and Cotton’s appointee. Cotton is also working to bring in retired law enforcement leaders to serve as facilitators.
The six areas the president’s report covered included building trust and legitimacy with the community, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, training and education and officer wellness and safety. See http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/policingtaskforce.