Mayor Horrigan Issues Statement On Passage Of Issue 10
Akron voters approved Issue 10 which will add an amendment to Akron’s City Charter creating a permanent Citizens’ Police Oversight Board to provide independent oversight and review of policing practices within Akron.
Mayor Horrigan has issued the following statement:
“Akron’s voters have made their voices heard and it’s clear they want a more permanent citizen police oversight board than what was recently established by Akron City Council. I respect the will of the voters and support the creation of the Citizens’ Police Oversight Board. The City’s Law Department will now take the next steps to determine the best path forward for the creation of the newly passed Board. For the nearly 60 applicants who have already applied to be on the Citizen Oversight Board, which was passed by Council in September, we will keep those applications on file as we decide the course of action necessary to implement the will of the voters. Issue 10 dictates that Akron City Council must pass any required legislation by June 30, 2023 in order to create and implement the Board, and we aim to meet that deadline. We may have chosen different paths to get here, but as long as we're unified in moving forward, I believe the formation of this Board can and will make Akron stronger.”