Gresham Mayor Shane T. Bemis recently announced the members of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Community Safety.
Task force members are:
• Rick Adams, Greater Gresham Baptist Church pastor
• Joan Albertson, community advocate
• John Andersen, Gresham Finance Committee member
• Susan Baumgardner, Rockwood Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership development director
• Robert Brown, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council chairman
• Joby Buscher, Grace Community Church elder
• Kim Burch, community advocate
• Jean DeMaster, Human Solutions executive director
• Dina DiNucci, Centennial Neighborhood Association vice president and Park Place Coffee owner
• Richard Dwyer, Gresham Police Council Advisory Committee member
• Mac Even, Millennium Homes CEO
• Mark Garber, Gresham Outlook publisher and East Metro Economic Alliance president
• Donaciano Garcia, American Pacific Mortgage branch manager
• Leslie Garth, Rockwood Neighborhood Association vice president
• Thomas Griffith, Neighborhood Watch captain
• Jack Hanna, former City Councilor
• Abby Kennedy, YWCA program director
• Allan Lazo, Gresham Planning Commission member
• Roger McDowell, community advocate
• Jacquenette McIntire, former City Councilor
• Bob McKean, Centennial School District superintendent
• Michael Patrick, Persimmon Realty broker
• Bob Pung, community advocate
• Bill Russell, Union Gospel Mission director
• Dave Shields, former City Councilor and Commission on Citizen Involvement and Community Progress Committee member
• Richard Sirianni, St. Henry Catholic Church pastor
• Travis Stovall, East Metro Economic Alliance executive director and Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce president
• Gary Tribbett, pastor and Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership member
• Lyubov Tsinovkina, Human Solutions workforce specialist
• Dwight Unti, Gresham Downtown Development Association member
• Larry Ward, community advocate
• David Widmark, former City Councilor
• Gloria Wiggins, El Programa Hispano executive director
• Dave Zollner, Commission on Citizen Involvement and Community Progress chairman
The task force was created to tackle 11 objectives that came out of the city's first Community Safety Summit, held March 21.
The objectives range from identifying the need for additional law enforcement resources and possible funding options for them to investigating the other jurisdictions' practices and identifying ways to engage citizens in combating crime.
'There is tremendous value in this task force,' Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso said. 'The only way we're going to be successful in fighting crime in Gresham is if we work together with the community. The task force provides a unique opportunity … to tackle crime head-on.'
For more information, visit the city's Web site at www.ci.gresham.or.us.