Jacksonville, FL — A pool of more than 150 applicants have been whittled down to a few dozen, who will soon start their mission of studying Jacksonville’s crime problem and determining how to fight back against it.
WOKV told you several weeks ago that City Council President Aaron Bowman was convening a Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction. Since then, applications were accepted from those interested in both chairing and being a part of the group.
Now, Bowman is filing legislation with his recommendation on the 46 members and Chair of that Task Force, who he says represent diverse backgrounds, and many different areas of interest and expertise.
While the Task Force will develop its own plan of action, Bowman has created several subcommittees, which give some indication of intended areas of study for the group. Those include Workforce Training Programs, to address areas of the City with high unemployment; Community Engagement, to develop community action groups; Mentoring programs, to create programs that involve business and community volunteers; and Business Partnership Opportunities, to increase business partnerships, including funding. The Task Force could choose to add more subcommittees.
Bowman’s legislation is slated for a final Council decision by the end of January. The Council could choose to amend the membership list and guidance for the group.
The Chair- Pastor Mark Griffin- will then kickoff the Task Force and vision moving forward. The application to join the Task Force told prospective members they would need to be willing to commit to meeting twice a month for up to two years.
Chair: Mark Griffin
Co-Chair: City Council Member Sam Newby
City Council Member: Lori Boyer
Mayor’s Administration: Charles Moreland
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office: Lakesha Burton
State Attorney’s Office: Stephen Siegel
Public Defender’s Office: Rob Mason
Kids Hope Alliance: Joe Peppers, Jennifer Blalock
Duval County Public Schools: Warren Jones
Youth: Mia Allen, Brandon Griggs
E. Joyce Bolden
William (W.C.) Gentry
Shamika Baker Wright