Appoint members to serve on the Police Review Board for terms to end February 21, 2027


In 2010, Portland City Council amended City Code 3.20 which governs the processes and structure of Portland Police Bureau's performance and use of force review boards. As part of the changes approved by Council, the Police Bureau will select community members for the Police Review Board from a pool of volunteers recommended by the City's Office of Independent Police Review (Independent Police Review) and appointed by City Council.

Independent Police Review recommends for the following for appointment:

Leslie BrunkerFebruary 21, 2024 and will end February 21, 2027
Matthew CarterFebruary 21, 2024 and will end February 21, 2027
Joe van WaardenburgFebruary 21, 2024 and will end February 21, 2027
Pastor Robin WisnerFebruary 21, 2024 and will end February 21, 2027

Their biographies and statements of interests are provided in Exhibit A. These community member candidates were recommended by a selection committee consisting of the Director of Independent Police Review and the Captain of the Internal Affairs division of the Portland Police Bureau. 

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

Ordinance No. 183995, amended by Portland City Council on August 13, 2010, established the Police Review Board. On September 1, 2010, the Police Review Board replaced the Use of Force and Performance Review Boards set forth in the Bureau's 2009 Manual of Policy and Procedure. The Police Review Board is an advisory body to the Chief of Police. The Review Board makes recommendations as to findings and proposed officer discipline to the Chief of Police.

The Police Review Board shall be composed of five voting members and eight advisory members. A quorum of four Voting Members, including the community member and the Commander or Captain who is the supervisor of the involved officer (RU Manager) or designee, and four Advisory members is required to be present to make recommendations to the Chief of Police.

The Police Review Board shall review incidents and investigated complaints of alleged misconduct by non-probationary sworn officers who are employed by the Portland Police Bureau. The Police Review Board may make recommendations regarding the adequacy and completeness of an investigation. The Police Review Board may also make policy or training recommendations to the Chief of Police. All Board members will be advised of every case presented to the Police Review Board.

Community members shall be appointed to the Police Review Board for a term of no more than three years. Community members may serve two full terms plus the remainder of any unexpired vacancy they may be appointed to fill. The terms of four community members previously appointed to the Police Review Board have expired. If confirmed by Council, the terms of these four community member nominees will begin February 21, 2024 and will end February 21, 2027.

All community members must meet at least the following qualifications to participate on the Police Review Board, except that requirements (2) and (4) below may be delayed and community members may still participate on the Police Review Board during a State of Emergency declared by the President of the United States or the Governor of the State of Oregon or the Mayor or Council of the City of Portland, and requirements (2) and (4) shall be met as soon as reasonably practicable under the circumstances of the State of Emergency:

  1. Pass a background check performed by the Bureau.
  2. Participate in Bureau training to become familiar with police training and policies.
  3. Sign a confidentiality agreement.
  4. Participate in ride-alongs to maintain sufficient knowledge of police patrol procedures.

This Report involves the appointment of four community member volunteers which are integral to providing feedback to Portland Police Bureau in the review of cases. Independent Police Review asks that Council approve the appointment of these four community members to serve on the Police Review Board. These appointments will bring the total number of community members in the volunteer pool to nine.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

There are no financial or budgetary impacts directly resulting from the confirmation of this report.

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

Community board members will be selected by City Council, upon nomination by Independent Police Review, based on the following described in Portland Police Directive 0337.00 - Police Review Board Personnel Selection:

  • Demonstrated ability to make sound and rational decisions under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to review complex investigations.
  • Absence of any real or perceived bias for or against the police.
  • Absence of any real or perceived bias against persons based on race, color, national origin or ethnicity, citizenship or immigrant or refugee status, religion, gender or gender identity or gender expression, age, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, mental illness, economic status, political ideology or affiliation, veteran status, language, or housing status.
  • Absence of any real or perceived conflict of interest.
  • Residence or business ownership within the City of Portland.

100% Renewable Goal

The City's renewable energy goals are not directly impacted as a result of the confirmation of this report.

Agenda Items

173 Regular Agenda in February 21, 2024 Council Agenda


Motion to accept the report: Moved by Gonzalez and seconded by Mapps.
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Absent
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Absent
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

Introduced by


Gayla Jennings

Operations Coordinator

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