Officials and Guests in Attendance
Part of the commission, the public and three candidates for the Executive Director position. All were prepared and courteous.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting was accessible and started on time. I attended the whole meeting. No agenda was provided, just an explanation of the purpose of the meeting.
Summary of Discussion
The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the public to meet and ask questions to the three candidates for the Executive Director position of the CPC. The meeting opened with a quick introduction of the committee members present followed by a land acknowledgement. A search firm was engaged for the position and a nationwide search took place over a three month period. G. Nelson from the firm moderated the Q&A period. Each candidate was interviewed separately for about 30 minutes.
Each candidate introduced themselves. Then they answered two prepared questions and then answered questions from the public. Approximately four questions from the public were asked of each candidate. One candidate is from Arizona (E. Harness), one from Washington and California (E. Aubrey), and the other is from Oklahoma and Seattle (B. Grant) acting as interim Executive Director.
E. Aubrey was interviewed first. He presented himself as a high energy individual with years of experience as a police officer, prosecuting attorney, judge pro-temp and police auditor. He felt he had very good leadership and communication skills and that when all parties have respect for each other much can get done.
B. Grant is the acting Executive Director. She comes from a non-profit background and has much community mental health experience. She spoke in a very positive, matter of fact way and said we needed to pursue the uncomfortable conversations. They needed to happen. Transparency was key. It is necessary to be more present in the community.
E. Harris was interviewed last. He has a very calming, quiet presence and said this demeanor aids him in being a very effective leader. He said key to his success would be strong engagement with all community groups.
A link was shared where the public could add comments after the meeting about any and/or all the candidates. The link would remain up to the following day to provide ample time for thoughtful comments.
There will be a meeting of the CPC on Wednesday Feb 3 at 9:00 am where the Committee will interview the candidates further and the public can join in for further review and comment.
The meeting lasted approximately 2 hours from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
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