August 25th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, CLEAN UP

Randy Leonard Calls New Police Oversight Board a "Significant Community Change"

City Hall without Mayor Sam Adams or Commish Nick Fish

City Council this morning voted unanimously 3-0 to approve the 19 members of Portland's new Police Review Board, one outcome of last winter's successful but arduous police-oversight reforms. Neither Mayor Sam Adams nor Commissioner Nick Fish attended today's meeting. Both are on vacation.

But all three of the remaining commissioners waxed poetic about the significance of the change, none more so than Commissioner Randy Leonard, who in January told WW his No. 1 priority for 2010 was increasing police oversight.

Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade, as opposed to the police chief, picked the 19 new members. "I cannot overstate the impact of this significant change," Leonard said.

For his enjoyment, we're pointing out one of the new board members is Anthony McNamer, member of the Exquisite Rap Duo, whose "Calculator Watch" video is below.

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