Dublin is a community that values diversity, equity and inclusion for all. As calls for social equality echo throughout the nation, the City of Dublin is committed to providing opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors’ voices to be heard. The City has implemented several committees and community liaisons to serve in shaping Dublin as a diverse, inclusive city in Central Ohio.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
In 2020, the City of Dublin, with direction from the City Council, announced the formation of a Community Task Force and Chief’s Advisory Committee to assist and advise City Council, City Manager Dana McDaniel and Chief of Police Justin Páez on combating and prohibiting social injustice, inequity, intolerance, negative stereotyping and discrimination in the Dublin community.
In August 2021, the Community Task Force will present its recommendations to Dublin City Council, which will include public safety aspirational goals developed by the Chief’s Advisory Committee, as well as parts of the City’s employee-led internal DEI plan. This combined proposal will serve as Dublin’s DEI framework, and City Council will establish goals from this outline to move the community forward.
While the Community Task Force ended its monthly meetings after its year of work, the group will recommend that its efforts continue in a new iteration to be determined by City Council. The Chief’s Advisory Committee was originally designed as a standing City committee, so members will keep up their work on a monthly basis.
Community Task Force
In August 2020, City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 41-20 to establish a Community Task Force. Dublin is home to a diverse community, and the Task Force embodied a wide range of groups to provide various viewpoints to best represent those who live, work and visit Dublin. The task force concluded its work in July 2021. Read more about the task force’s guiding goals.
Community Task Force Membership
The following volunteer community members contributed to the Community Task Force:
Erica Adams, Kofi Amponsah, Audrey Bannister, Rick Bannister, Sheryl Bannister, Rama Billakanty, Mani Boppana, Samhitha Boppana, Vrao Boppana, Deneisha Franklin, Dr. Todd Hoadley, Ron Jordan, Anne Knapke, William Knapke, Bridgette Mariea, Lynette Mercado, Eric Robinson, Jamil Robinson, Dr. Ajay Satyapriya, Isao Shoji, Silvina Smith, Nancy Sofowora, Vincent Wang and Stephen White
Chief’s Advisory Committee
Diversity and inclusion serve as major components of the Dublin Police department’s outreach with Dublin’s residents, businesses and visitors. Starting in August 2020, City Council unanimously adopted resolution 41-20 to establish a Chief’s Advisory Committee to have open dialogue between the Dublin Police department and the community about ensuring equity in Dublin policing.
The Chief’s Advisory Committee meets with Chief of Police Justin Páez, as well as Dublin Police Department executive staff, to provide valued advice, perspective, recommendations and feedback on significant community-police relations issues. The Committee may be asked to assist the police department with aligning its mission and goals with community expectations by conducting research, soliciting community feedback about the department, reviewing policies and procedures, and supporting the department’s efforts in community outreach and engagement.
The Chief’s Advisory Committee establishes an opportunity for proactive community engagement and critical dialogue concerning the protection, service and public safety needs for the City of Dublin.
Chief’s Advisory Committee Membership
The following volunteer community members serve on the Chief’s Advisory Committee:
Srikanth Gaddam, Ajmeri Hoque, Cortney Ingram, Cameron Justice, Imran Malik, Judge Dwayne Maynard, Susan Ortega, Isao Shoji, Stella Villalba and Yanling Yin
The City of Dublin has two LGBTQ+ Liaisons who were appointed to be a link among Dublin’s LGBTQ+ community, the City Manager’s Office and the Dublin Police Department. Officer Amber McCloskey and J.M. Rayburn, Planner I in the City’s Division of Planning, serve as the City’s LGBTQ+ Liaisons.
The LGBTQ+ Liaisons are responsible for reviewing City policies and services through an LGBTQ+ lens as well as assisting the City in creating policies and delivering services that ensure inclusivity. The liaisons will serve as empathetic representatives for constituents who want to bring LGBTQ+ related issues to the City, without concern of being dismissed or misunderstood.
Community Liaison Officers
The Dublin Police Department has three Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) who seek to find new ways the department can connect with the community.
Officers Amber McCloskey, Scott Nichelson and Rigoberto Quintanilla serve as the Community Liaison Officers for the Dublin Police. Reach out to them and learn more about their roles.