City Council Calls for Applications to PERA Board

Providence City Council calls for applications for the Providence External Review Authority (PERA) Board. To be considered, please apply with a cover letter and resume by January 20, 2018.

“We are dedicated to an open and transparent process for seating the PERA board,” stated Council President David Salvatore, Ward 14.  “We want anyone who is interested in being part of this board to have an opportunity to be considered. If you or someone you know is interested, I encourage you to submit your materials as soon as possible.”

PERA board members will:

  • Create and implement community outreach programs
  • Review police department policies and training procedures and make recommendations for change
  • Receive complaints that allege misconduct by a police officer or officers, including, but not limited to the use of excessive force, inappropriate language or conduct, harassment, theft, and discrimination
  • Perform other functions as authorized by the Providence Community-Police Relations Act

“As we begin the interview process I’m humbled by those who want to serve on this very important board,” stated Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, Ward 11. “As an original member of the PERA Board, I know and understand how important this is for the community.  I look forward to meeting applicants and getting the board seated as soon as we can.”

To apply to sit on the PERA Board, we ask that you submit a cover letter and resume to Nick Freeman at Nfreeman@providenceri.gov no later than January 20, 2018, by 11:59 pm.

Please be advised that the seating of the PERA board does not delay the Providence Community-Police Relations Act which becomes law on January 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact the City Council office at 401-521-7477.

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