Rev. Harriett Walden, Rev. Aaron Williams, and Prachi Dave were elected to be the Community Police Commission’s 2020 co-chairs during today’s commission meeting.
CPC co-chairs are tasked with a number of different responsibilities including:
- Presiding over CPC meetings;
- Signing all official CPC documents;
- Overseeing the commission’s committees; and
- Acting as the official spokespersons for the CPC.
Rev. Harriett Walden
Rev. Walden has been re-elected to serve as co-chair. She has played an active role in police reform and accountability for more than three decades and is the founder of Mothers for Police Accountability. Rev. Walden was appointed by the Seattle mayor’s office.
Rev. Aaron Williams
Rev. Williams is one of the founding members of the CPC. This is his first time becoming co-chair. Prior to the CPC, he served on the Police Chief Search Committee for the City of Seattle in 2009. Rev. Williams was appointed to the CPC by the Seattle City Council.
Dave is the Senior Attorney with the Public Defense Association. Prior to that she was an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. Prachi also spent seven years as a public defender in Colorado. She’s worked with the CPC on policy issues and was nominated by the CPC to become a Commissioner late last year, but was officially confirmed as a CPC commissioner yesterday.