For Immediate Release
June 8, 2020
Mayor Madden Announces Appointments to Police Objective Review Board
TROY, NY – Today, Mayor Patrick Madden announced the appointment of eight individuals to posts on the City of Troy’s Police Objective Review Board:
- Jeff Anderson – Member
- Taneisha Harris – Member
- Stacey Howard – Member
- Elijah Scott – Member
- Marcus Nix – Member
- Columbus Buish – Member
- Michael Tuttman – Member
- Starletta Smith – Member
Mayor Madden said, “I am proud to appoint these individuals to serve on the Police Objective Review Board. Each appointee has individual qualities and experience that will contribute to the board’s duties and functions. I’m pleased with their desire to serve in this important role, and look forward to engaging with the committee in their work.”
Renee Powell, President of the Troy Branch of the NAACP, said, “We are pleased with the reactivation of the Police Objective Review Board and the Mayor’s appointment of community members to serve in this vital role. The Troy Branch of the NAACP remains supportive of this effort and will remain engaged in the process to improve our community’s relationship with the Troy Police Department that serves all of Troy’s residents and families. This is an important first step in the right direction, but there is more work ahead to build upon the progress we have made together. The NAACP Troy NY Branch’s objective is to advocate for equity and justice to make this community safer.”
Police Chief Brian Owens said, “The Troy Police Department has made significant strides to build upon existing relationships with the community and enhance communication between our members and the public. We are hopeful that a reactivated board will help create a better understanding of the challenges that police officers face in protecting Troy residents, families, and businesses. We stand ready to provide board members with the necessary training to most effectively serve in their new role.”
Appointments to the board were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of City facilities. With the resumption of some operations under the New York Forward plan, the administration moving forward with appointments to the board.
“The death of George Floyd, and the subsequent demonstrations advocating for broader conversation around the treatment of people of color in our nation, brings new focus to our ongoing efforts in the Collar City,” Mayor Madden added. “As we continue to make strides in reducing COVID infections across the Capital Region, it’s important we return to our efforts around transparency and relationship building between the City, law enforcement, and the communities & neighborhoods we serve.”
A public submission period was established to receive applications from candidates interested in serving on the Police Objective Review Board. An internal screening committee – consisting of representatives from public safety and the Troy Branch of the NAACP – reviewed applications and made recommendations to the Mayor.
The board also includes three nonvoting staff members – a member of the City’s Legal Department, a member of the Troy Police Department Inspectional Services Unit, and a representative of the Troy Police Benevolent Association (Troy PBA).
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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