Community Task Force | Chief’s Advisory Committee
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 providing opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors’ voices to be heard. The City will implement several new initiatives and bolster current efforts to continue shaping Dublin as the diverse, inclusive city it is for all to live, work and play.
The City of Dublin, with direction from the City Council, is proud to announce 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 addition, the City has recently established two new LGBTQ+ liaison positions, and the Dublin Police Department has appointed two new Community Liaison Officers (CLO) to further community outreach.
- Dublin Police Department Overview
- DPD Mission Statement, Core Values & 2020 Goals
- Principles of Procedurally Just Policing – The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School
City Manager’s Community Task Force
In August 2020, City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 41-20 to establish a Community Task Force. Dublin is home to a rich and diverse community, and the Task Force embodies a wide range of groups to provide various viewpoints to best represent those who live, work and visit Dublin.
The Task Force will elect from its appointed membership a chair and vice chair and will report directly to and advise the City Manager. The specific goals and functions of the group will include:
- Advise on matters of social justice and promote opportunities to foster understanding, inclusion, positive relationships, and a strong sense of community among all community members.
- Identify and recommend solutions to defeat social injustice, bias, bigotry, inequity and racism in the community.
- Recommend long-terms goals for the community and methods by which to achieve those goals.
- Invite, engage and listen to the concerns, issues, and ideas of the community’s diverse members leveraging the various means currently or as may otherwise be available to the City.
- Partner with Dublin City Schools, who expressed their desire to continue to work with the Dublin Police Department, the City of Dublin, and other local government partners to implement meaningful solutions to eliminate social injustice, bias, bigotry, inequity and racism.
- Include, to the maximum extent possible, other community partners in the dialogue and effort.
- Suggest and/or participate in educational and informational efforts for its members, city staff, and the community, as a whole, to understand and develop recommendations to defeat social injustice, bias, bigotry, and racism and to nurture a community environment promoting and celebrating diversity and addressing equity and inclusion.
- Review the findings of and advise Council and staff on a self-assessment of the City’s relevant organizational and departmental policies, practices and training to ensure the City fosters diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of City administration and services.
- Advise Council and staff on public safety and public services that are transparent, accountable, and responsive for every person who lives in, works in, and visits Dublin.
- Identify key issues requiring further exploration and discussion among the community and/or the Task Force.
- Help identify necessary resources to achieve recommendations.
Community Task Force Leadership
The City of Dublin would like to welcome the following volunteer community members to the Community Task Force:
- Erica Adams
- Kofi Amponsah
- Rama Billakanty
- Deneisha Franklin
- Dr. Todd Hoadley
- Bridgette Mariea
- Lynette Mercado
- Dr. Ajay Satyapriya
- Isao Shoji
- Sylvina Smith
- Nancy Sofowora
- Vincent Wang
- Stephen White
- Dublin Chamber Representative to be determined by the Chamber
- Four (4) Dublin Youth representatives as appointed by the City Manager
Dublin Police 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 will meet 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 Leadership
The City of Dublin would like to welcome the following volunteer community members to the Chief’s Advisory Committee:
- Srikanth Gaddam
- Ajmeri Hoque
- Cortney Ingram
- Cameron Justice
- Imran Malik
- Judge Dwayne Maynard
- Susan Ortega
- Isao Shoji
- Stella Villalba
- Yanling Yin
In June 2020, LGBTQ+ Liaisons were appointed to be a link between Dublin’s gay and lesbian community and 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, will 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.
The duties and responsibilities of the LGBTQ+ Liaisons will include:
- Assisting, advising, and consulting with the City Manager, City Council, and other city officials on LGBTQ+ issues.
- In coordination with the Talent Development and Training Manager, provide training or arrange for training with an expert for city employees on LGBTQ+ topics, including creating an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees, and delivering services in an inclusive way, etc.
- Developing and implementing strategies to address the needs of vulnerable groups within the LGBTQ+ community (e.g. youth, homeless individuals, elders, people living with HIV, transgender or bisexual persons, people of color, etc.).
- Meeting with business owners, community groups, and individuals of the LGBTQ+ community to identify unique needs and solicit feedback on relevant laws, policies, and services.
- Serving as a representative of the city government at LGBTQ+ community events.
- Identifying and attending trainings and/or conferences related to LGBTQ+ issues.
- Advising the Director of Human Resources regarding the City recruitment program that seeks diversity for the City Staff.
- Developing and maintaining an open, trusting relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and City officials, including the City Manager and City Council.
Have questions for them? Contact a LGBTQ+ Liaison:
Officer Amber McCloskey
614.309.8225 or 614.410.4800 EXT 4014
614.410.4800 EXT 4653
Local LGBTQ+ Resources
- AIDS Healthcare Foundation
- Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)
- Columbus Public Health LGBTQ Health Initiative
- Columbus Urban Pride
- Equality Ohio
- Equitas Health
- GLSEN Columbus
- Greater Columbus Empowerment Center
- HUE: Helping Us Emerge
- Kaleidoscope Youth Center
- LGBTQ Student Resources and Support
- LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Student Resources
- PFLAG Columbus
- Stonewall Columbus
- Teaching LGBTQ Youth
- Transgender College Students
- Transgender in the Workplace
Community Liaison Officers
The Dublin Police Department has two new Community Liaison Officers (CLOs): Officers Amber McCloskey and Rigoberto Quintanilla. They join Officer Scott Nichelson as CLOs for the City.
Community Liaison Officers seek to find new ways the police department can connect with the community. CLOs work to enhance the department’s outreach and engagement efforts, focused on
- being in tune with citizens’ concerns,
- being part of national and local dialogue about community-police relations,
- finding new ways Dublin Police can help the community,
- looking to citizens for ideas,
- and building a reciprocal relationship with community members
Have questions for them? Contact a Dublin Community Liaison Officer:
Officer Amber McCloskey
614.309.8225 or 614.410.4800 EXT 4014
Officer Scott Nichelson
614.796.6115 or 614.410.4800 EXT 4090
Officer Rigoberto Quintanilla
614.357.5906 or 614.410.4800 EXT 4027
Dublin Community Conversations
The City of Dublin invites members of the community to engage in open discussions and learning opportunities to address general public concerns, issues of inequality and social injustice in the community, as well as suggest ideas and solutions to address these problems. These forums will provide direction to the Community Task Force and Chief’s Advisory Committee on ways to work with community members, City Council, City Manager Dana McDaniel and Chief Justin Páez to effect change.
Forum topics may include:
- general bias
- equity and inclusion awareness
- guest speakers on topics of interest identified by the community
- schools and education
In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, these forums may be held online until in-person sessions are possible. As details are finalized, information will be provided here on the City’s website. Please check back for updates.
The Community Task Force and Chief’s Advisory Committee are volunteer groups of community members made up of Dublin community stakeholders, including representatives from minority populations in Dublin, administrative representatives from the Dublin City School District, Dublin youth, and Dublin business owners.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Dublin
The City of Dublin welcomes diversity and celebrates what makes us unique! The City of Dublin’s Diversity and Inclusion statements are as follows:
“We are a team of different and unique qualities which enable us to best serve our community”
“We welcome and expect diversity and we provide opportunities for all team members to contribute to the City’s success”
All allegations of discrimination, harassment, or disparate impact or treatment regarding a City of Dublin employee, policy, or procedure should immediately be brought to the attention of the Director of Human Resources who will assign an investigator, as appropriate. The Director of Human Resources will keep the office of the City Manager and the Chief of Police informed regarding the status of all investigations pertaining to the Police department. All complaints of this nature will be investigated by the City in accordance with Administrative Order 2.66 (Discrimination Policy). An employee who is a member of a Labor Union (USW, FOP Lodge 9, or FOP/OLC) also has grievance and arbitration rights in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement
Any allegations of discrimination, harassment, or disparate impact or treatment that are wholly external to the City of Dublin that is brought to the attention of the City should consult with the office of the City Manager so that available resources to the individual can be determine. The City of Dublin relies on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Housing and Urban Development, the Attorney General and others to assist individuals with equal treatment under the law.
The City of Dublin is a community that prides itself on being composed of people who have a rich diversity of backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and experiences. The City will continue to encourage such diversity by listening to the ideas of the Community Task Force and Chief’s Advisory Committee, as well as connecting with the community through the LGBTQ+ Liaisons and Community Liaison Officers.
Director of Communications & Public Information
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