CONTACT: Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
firstname.lastname@example.orgMayor Announces Final Citizen Oversight Board Nominee
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Tawanna Mullins as his final nominee for the Citizen Oversight Board (COB) on Tuesday. Pending City Council confirmation, Mullins will be the seventh and final member of the Citizen Oversight Board, filling the vacancy created when previous nominee Virginia Butler withdrew her candidacy.
Mullins will appear before the City Council Safety Committee on Wednesday, February 2, 2005. Depending on how the Committee decides to proceed, a final Council vote on her confirmation could occur as early as February 14, 2005.
Mullins currently serves as chief executive officer of T. Mullins and Associates, a training and organizational development consulting company that provides support services for human resources professionals. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Denver, Regis University and Johnson & Wales University teaching courses in leadership, team-building, and communications.
Previously, Mullins served as the director of training and development for The Children’s Hospital of Denver, training director for Pinnocal Assurance, and as a technical trainer for Colorado Compensation Insurance. Consulting for clients such as Oakwood Homes, Qwest, AT&T Broadband, Columbia Healthcare and Denver Water, she has designed and facilitated training classes on a number of topics including conflict resolution, cultural diversity and organizational change.
Six of the seven members of the Citizen Oversight Board have already been confirmed by City Council. They include Pastor Paul Burleson, Rabbi Steven Foster, E. Henry “Hank” Knoche, David Montez, Cathy Reynolds, and Professor Joseph Sandoval. Sandoval, elected by his fellow board members as the COB chair, also chairs the screening committee for the Independent Monitor.
The Citizen Oversight Board was a key component of the enhanced civilian oversight system proposed by the Hickenlooper administration in August, approved by City Council in October, and ratified by voters on November 2, 2004. The formally structured citizen panel will have early-stage involvement in monitoring public safety issues, regular contact with the Independent Monitor and safety department heads, and opportunities to affect departmental operations. The COB will be responsible for assessing whether the Office of the Independent Monitor is effectively performing its duties, making recommendations regarding policy and training issues, and addressing issues of concern to the community and other interested stakeholders.
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