Police Accountability Board members appointed

Updated: January 15, 2020 09:41 PM
Created: January 15, 2020 04:19 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City Council submitted legislation to appoint the members of the Police Accountability Board.

The City Council was responsible for appointing four members, the Police Accountability Board Alliance (PABA) submitted 12 names for consideration for four PABA-nominated seats and the mayor appointed one member.


The City Council appointed the following people:

  • Dr. Robert Harrison III, an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester
  • Ida Perez, the Director for the Ibero Children and Family Stability Services
  • Rabbi Drorah Setel, the spiritual leader of the Temple Emanu-El and a trained mediator
  • Rev. Matthew Nickoloff, founding Priest of the South Wedge Mission

The following people will occupy the PABA-nominated seats:

  • Jonathan Dollhopf, a Deaf Systems Advocate for Regional Center for Independent Living in Rochester
  • Miquel Powell, a substance abuse therapist
  • Shani Wilson, a board-certified Physician Assistant
  • Dr. Celia McIntosh, a board-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mayor Lovely Warren appointed Rev. Dr. Rickey B. Harvey, Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Baptist Church and long-time activist.

You can read full biographies of each PAB member here.

The responsibilities of the PAB members are outlined here.

"We are very excited and proud about the diversity in this police accountability board," Rochester City Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot said. "We have a wealth of diversity on this particular board of these non-members. The LGBTQ community is represented. We have one for the deaf community. We are different representations of people of color. So we think this is a cross-section of people from across our community."

City Council says the term of the initial board will end on June 30, 2020, and then members will be appointed to staggered terms.

The Rochester Police Locust Club has previously filed a lawsuit to try and stop the creation of the Police Accountability Board.

News10NBC reached out to the Locust Club for comment, but we were told it will not be making a comment on Wednesday.

The board will be confirmed by the City Council on Tuesday.

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