Youngstown bishop named to statewide task force

Youngstown Bishop George Murry

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley will have a representative on the new Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

Governor John Kasich on Wednesday named Youngstown Catholic Diocese Bishop George Murry to the task force. He will be one of 18 statewide members that will try to forge better relations between communities and local police departments.

“I am honored to accept the Governor’s invitation to serve on the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations,” Bishop Murry said. “In light of events which have occurred during the past few months, events which have demonized police departments and various communities, it is my hope that this Task Force will help communities and police departments better understand each other and work together for the common good.”

The task force will hold its initial forum on Tuesday at Cleveland State University. Kasich has asked the task force to issue a report by April 30, providing ideas for how communities across the state can build constructive relationships between communities and police that are built on mutual understanding and respect.

In the coming months, the task force will conduct at least four public forums throughout the state to gather input from all Ohioans. Issues the task force is charged with exploring include best community policing practices, law enforcement training, standards for law enforcement interaction with the community, the criminal justice system and community oversight and involvement in law enforcement.

Other members appointed to the task force are:

  • George V. Voinovich of Cleveland, former U.S. senator, governor and mayor of Cleveland, Honorary Co-Chair.
  • Louis Stokes of Beachwood, former member of Congress, Honorary Co-Chair.
  • Eve Stratton of Columbus, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Honorary Co-Chair.
  • John T. Born of Lancaster, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Chair.
  • Nina L. Turner of Cleveland, former Ohio senator, Co-Chair.
  • Officer Brian S. Armstead of Akron, Akron Police Department and member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
  • Phil Cole of Columbus, executive director, Ohio Association of Communication Action Agencies.
  • Dr. Ronnie Dunn of Cleveland, Cleveland State University associate professor, member of the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee.
  • The Rev. Damon Lynch III of Cincinnati, senior pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church.
  • Bernie Moreno of Westlake, president, the Collection Auto Group.
  • Anthony Munoz of Cincinnati, former Cincinnati Bengals football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Councilwoman Amy Murray of Cincinnati.
  • Chief Michael J. Navarre of Toledo, currently with the Oregon Police Department, formerly with the Toledo Police Department, member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Ronald J. O’Brien of Columbus, Franklin County Prosecutor.
  • Dir. Andre T. Porter of Gahanna, Ohio Department of Commerce.
  • Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth of Washington Court House, member of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association.
  • Thomas E. Roberts of Dayton, former Ohio senator, life member of the NAACP, member of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

In addition to these gubernatorial appointments, the members below will serve on the task force, as defined in Kasich’s Executive Order. Additional appointments are possible.

  • Sen. Cliff K. Hite of Findlay, Senate President designee
  • Sen. Sandra Williams of Cleveland, Senate Minority Leader designee
  • Rep. Tim Derickson of Hanover Twp., House Majority designee
  • Rep. Alicia M. Reece of Cincinnati, president, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, House Minority Leader designee
  • Sara Andrews of Columbus, Chief Justice’s designee
  • Tannisha D. Bell of Columbus, Attorney General’s designee

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