Bessie Marie Scott will be stepping down as interim executive director of the Community Police Commission on July 15. Bessie made the decision to step down last month. While the Commission is sad to see her go, we are proud of her and the legacy she leaves behind.
Among her many other accomplishments, Bessie has led work to make the CPC more structurally sound and better equipped to fulfill its mission. She has also relentlessly fought to protect the reforms promised to community in the landmark 2017 Accountability Law.
“We’d like to thank Bessie for her faithfulness and commitment to excellence. She has been such a blessing to the CPC,” Rev. Aaron Williams, CPC co-chair.
“The amazing amount of work that Bessie has done in her time with the CPC has placed us in a really good position to move forward structurally and foundationally. In addition, the dedication, excellence, spirit, and tenacity that she has brought to this work has been really astounding to me,” Prachi Dave, CPC co-chair.
“I’ve just enjoyed her spirit. She’s a collaborator. She’s not afraid to be in the weeds. She’s not afraid to go get things done. I have never met anyone who works as hard as Bessie does,” Rev. Harriett Walden, CPC co-chair.
“I have enjoyed my time here at the Community Police Commission and will miss working with the staff and the Commissioners, as well as our partners within the accountability system. I am so grateful to have had the honor and the opportunity to serve as Interim Director for the past year, and to work with this team to fulfill the important mission of the CPC, and I intend to take forward what I’ve learned in my time here to continue to build common ground in communities on the path to advancing equity,” Bessie Marie Scott.
Bessie will be involved in the transition as the CPC works to appoint a new interim executive director. Additionally, the CPC is in the initial stages of launching a search for a permanent executive director. More information on that process will be made available in the coming weeks.