Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

JoAnna Underwood ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

JoAnna Underwood

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Political Activist with 10 years of community experience in Grassroots organizing

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

To make sure we have proper representation from the neighborhood from the poor disenfranchised communities.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Taylor Harrell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Taylor Harrell

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

As a Community Advocate with both organizing and legislative experience, I believe that I have the practical work experience necessary to be on the Charter Commission. I have a deep understanding of the charter and its importance to how our local government is run.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I am running for the Charter Commission to protect and defend the rights of all citizens in Detroit. As a Charter Commissioner, I want to increase transparency and accountability within our city government, preserve and strengthen our police commission, and ensure real civic participation in decisions affecting all of our neighborhoods.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Other (please specify):
I would definitely support keeping a board of police commissioners in the revised charter. In fact, I previously stated that I would like to strengthen it by making the board 9 instead of 7.

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Other (please specify):
I would support the election of 7 Commissioners by district and 2 at-large.

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Probably would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Laura Ann Hughes ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Laura Ann Hughes

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I moved to Detroit in 2005. Since that time I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of industries from a federally funded HIV clinic to the 6th largest women owned staffing company in the United States to a place based Foundation that concentrates on children. In all of these opportunities I have lent my strong moral compass, a commitment to Detroiters, and my ability to design processes that ensure everyone’s voices and interest are heard. Currently I serve as the board chair of Detroit Employment Solutions which, similar to Detroit, has gone through substantial changes in the last 3 years. As board chair, I have worked with labor leaders, community activist and the corporate community to align our policies, procedures, intake processes, and commitment to employ 40,000 Detroiters. These experiences have prepared me to think about the city’s most important document from many different stakeholders’ perspectives. The charter needs to protect the city’s most vulnerable citizens as well as the growing business community. Strong business tax revenue will allow us to provide services to our most vulnerable residents.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

My commitment to Detroit, strongly held community and servant leadership values, and demonstrated success in strategic investment, multi-sector collaboration, and scaling proven models make me a competitive candidate for Charter Commission. I am running for charter commission because of my deep commitment to equity in the City. There will be lots of people with opinions on what needs to be changed in the City, but we need someone who is equally committed to designing a process in which all voices are heard.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

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Nicole Small ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Nicole Small

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

My professional experience with Unions and HR allowed me to find resolutions for opposing parties based on contractual agreements and policies. My community and political advocacy efforts is what fuels my passion for creating and supporting progressive and equitable agendas.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Other (please specify):
I support electing 9 Commissioners and reducing mayors appointments to 2 appointees

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.
Other (please specify):
Commissioners should review and approve number of officers assigned to each precinct to ensure that areas like downtown arent overly compensated, while neighborhood precincts are understaffed

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Other (please specify):
I think this can be just as much of a conflict as those elected that use this as opportunity for advancing personal political aspirations

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Carol Weaver ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Carol Weaver

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Lifelong Citizen of the City of Detroit and active community member.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I want to ensure that the revisions are in the best interest of all that live within the City of Detroit.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement. *

Yes.

*
• I affirm that I will work to create a charter that contains the following provisions, and will only vote to have a draft of the charter presented to the people, to be voted on, if it contains these provisions:
• A civilian Board of Police Commissioners.
• The requirement that the majority of the Board be elected.
• The requirement that some of the commissioners be elected from compact districts.
• A requirement of residency in the region the commissioner represents as a qualification for holding that office.
• Oversight powers being assigned to the Board that are at least as extensive as those possessed under the current charter.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Richard Mack ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Richard Mack

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

20 years experience in union-side labor and civil rights law. I have written many union contracts and provisions of legislation. I have litigated under the Charter provisions. I also remain active in my local community (precinct delegate, etc) so I remain abreast of issues within the community.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I want to protect and strengthen the interests of the people’s voice in government. Citizens should have access to the government operations that we pay for, more empowerment in our neighborhood groups, and transparency from all government leaders and government functions.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Other (please specify):
I would want to evaluate the pros and cons of this proposal, but would openly consider it.

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Probably would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Other (please specify):
An inherent conflict appears to be present but I would consider situations where an exception could be made. Their presence could bring value to the BOPCs work (ie in an advisory / informational role).

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

No.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Michael R Griffie ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Michael R Griffie

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Licensed attorney, former school principal and teacher, I feel I have the experience necessary to represent Detroit well.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

To serve the citizens of Detroit with integrity and honor.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Probably would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Probably would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Probably would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?
Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.
No.