First Meeting of Mayor's Community Response Council Occurs Tonight


The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Mayor’s Community Response Council will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, which is located at 1028 NE 14th St.. The council is being formed in response to “... recent events in our country that seem to have heightened racial tensions and called into question police practices,” said Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy. The council is comprised of 21 citizens of the Gainesville community who were personally invited by the mayor to serve on this advisory body.

As an advisory body, the council will meet quarterly to receive information from constituents, community groups and law enforcement. Goals of the council include, but are not limited to: evaluating programs, hearing grievances and working to understand the challenges regarding race and law enforcement within our community. The council will also work to build effective communication channels with all members of the Gainesville community that build trust and transparency on racially sensitive and potentially volatile matters.

The collaborative effort of the new council is expected to have wide community reach and its “work product” may evolve as greater insight is brought to bear on the challenges facing our community. "Should a tragic incident occur similar to what happened in Ferguson, Missouri,” Mayor Braddy said, “the council would be an indispensable resource in ensuring that Gainesville follows a path of accountability and due process and that the safety and well-being of all members of our community are equally valued.” The public is invited to attend tonight’s meeting at the MLK, Jr. Multipurpose Center beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact the staff liaison for the Mayor’s Community Response Council, Gainesville Police Sergeant Jaime Kurnick at 352-393-7750.