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Last Call for Applicants for Public Safety Task Force

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
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The deadline for applying to serve on the Mayor’s Task Force on Reimagining Public Safety is approaching: Get your application in by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

Twenty-three applications have been received so far for the task force, which will determine what a standing advisory board on public safety would look like in Hillsborough.

“The best problem in the world would be to have to make difficult decisions among numerous excellent candidates,” Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver said. “So if you are interested in helping manifest an equitable Hillsborough where every resident feels equally safe, get that application in!”

In June, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that denounced the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and that outlined next steps for the town and its police department, including forming an advisory board on policing. It was determined that the Hillsborough community wishes to examine the idea of public safety.

Expectations

The task force of 10 to 15 members will perform research and provide subject matter expertise to consider:

  • What does a community look and feel like that is safe for all residents?
  • In making our community safe, what should be considered by other departments in town government in addition to the police?
  • What standing public safety board models are available to consider, and what is the best fit for Hillsborough?

Composition

Five seats will be designated:

  • Mayor (non-voting member, except in a tie)
  • Youth (15 to 18 years old)
  • Social worker or worker in a related field
  • Member of the Northern Orange Branch of the NAACP and Hillsborough resident
  • Member of the judicial system
  • Some of the designated seats will be directly appointed, and others will be chosen from the pool of applicants.

The task force will be representative of Hillsborough, including geographically. The following are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Residents of diverse backgrounds, including race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.
  • Residents who have experienced the criminal justice system or have family members who have experienced it.
  • Residents who have experience in healthcare and social work.