Update on Edmonds

9780325092140In early June, Mayor Mike Nelson shared his intention to create an Equity and Justice Task Force to help identify and correct systemic and implicit bias, and barriers to inclusion and equity within city operations. The desired outcome, a set of recommended policies and procedures for the Police Department and City Hall which address bias and inequities perpetrated on African-American residents, people of color and other minorities within the community.

With help from community leaders the framework for the Task Force was created and interested community members were asked to apply.

Task Force members are: Monet Bletson, Margaret Browne, Jeannemisha Carter, Dedie Davis, Charles Harvey Jr., Ann Jacob, Sandra Palmer, Gian Rodrigues, Yvette Sanchez, Richard Suico, Nicole Sunwall, Edmonds Diversity Commissioner Pat Valle, City Councilmember Laura Johnson, and City of Edmonds staff members Jessica Neill Hoyson, Human Resources Director, and Jim Lawless, Acting Police Chief.

The group met via zoom for the first time in early July and have more meetings scheduled throughout the summer.

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