Inslee selects Office of Independent Investigations advisory board members

Nov 17, 2021, 8:37 AM
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Governor Jay Inslee announced his selections earlier this week for the 11 members that will serve on the Office of Independent Investigations (OII) advisory board.

The new office, as the governor explains, has been “created to conduct independent, unbiased, competent and thorough investigations of cases involving police use of deadly force.” The creation of the new office was based on recommendations from Inslee’s 2020 task force convened following the deaths of George Floyd and Manuel Ellis.

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The OII advisory board, according to a release from Inslee’s office, will provide advice and input to the director on the creation and operation of the office. The OII director has not yet been appointed, but a national search is underway to identify candidates for the position.

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The 11 members appointed to serve on the OII advisory board are:

  • Monica Alexander, Tacoma, member of the Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Breean Beggs, Spokane, defense attorney representative
  • Eric Drever, Tukwila, sheriff or police chief representative who is also a member of an Independent Investigation Team (co-chair)
  • Norma Gallegos, Leavenworth, general public member
  • Anthony Golik, Battle Ground, prosecuting attorney representative
  • Philip Harju, Olympia, federally recognized tribal member
  • Monisha Harrell, Lynnwood, general public member
  • Susie Kroll, Monroe, mental health expert
  • Faapouaita Leapai, Burien, general public member
  • James Schrimpsher, Algona, representative of a police labor association
  • Fred Thomas, Tacoma, general public member representing an impacted family (co-chair)

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Inslee selects Office of Independent Investigations advisory board members