Section 21-46 Establishment; membership; qualifications; terms; and removal.

    (a)    The citizens police review board is hereby established.

    (b)    The board shall consist of eight (8) members appointed by the city council and a member of the commission on human rights appointed by the commission.  Members shall serve without compensation.

    (c)    Board members must be residents of Columbia and registered voters.  Board members may not be employed by the city, be a party to any pending litigation against the city, be an elected public office holder, or be a candidate for elected public office.  Board members should reflect the cultural and racial diversity of Columbia and have no serious criminal record.  The police chief shall obtain a criminal history of all applicants for membership on the board and advise the city council of any convictions for violations of federal, state or local law.

    (d)    Three (3) of the members first appointed by the city council shall serve terms of two (2) years, three (3) shall serve terms of three (3) years and two (2) shall serve terms of four (4) years. Thereafter, members appointed by the city council shall serve terms of three (3) years.  No member appointed by the city council shall serve more than two (2) consecutive full terms.  The member appointed by the commission on human rights shall serve a term of one (1) year.  The member appointed by the commission on human rights  shall not serve more than six (6) consecutive years. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms in the same manner as the original appointments.

    (e)    The board may recommend to the city council that a board member be removed from the board if the member persistently fails to perform the duties of office.

(Ord. No. 20331, § 1, 7-20-09; Ord. No. 21848, § 1, 10-7-13)

Editor's Note:  The authority of the Citzens Police Review Board to review appeals from the police chief's decisions on alleged police misconduct shall only apply to decisions made by the police chief after January 1, 2010.


(Ord. 21848, Amended, 10/07/2013, Prior Text; Ord. 20331, Added, 07/20/2009)