The Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) was created as part of the terms of the Consent Decree to foster police and community communication and understanding and to provide input on meaningful reform.
The CPC consists of 13 volunteer Commissioners that are chosen by a selection panel to represent the many and diverse communities in Cleveland in the reform process. As mandated in the consent decree, Commissioners must either live or work in the City of Cleveland and represent at least one of the following:
Civil rights advocates
Organizations representing communities of color
Youth or student organizations
Individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless
The Cleveland CPC also includes a representative of each of the following three police associations:
The Black Shield
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP); and
The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA)
On November 1, 2019, Mayor Frank Jackson administered the oath of office to the new and returning Commissioners of the CPC in City Hall to start a new four year term. Watch video of the swearing-in ceremony here:
CPC Commissioner Bios
LaToya Logan, Commissioner
Ms. Logan is a Senior Social Worker with the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration medical Center and also serves as the Regional Director for the National Association of Social Workers. She also operates a behavioral health agency that focuses on advocacy for transitional aged youth who are court involved and have mental health needs. Ms. Logan is a returning member of the Commission, where she served as a Co-Chair.
Gordon Friedman, Commissioner
Gordon Friedman is an activist criminal defense attorney who has worked as a civil rights lawyer for over 40 years after starting out in the Public Defender’s Office of the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Friedman was an Associate Professor of Law at Cleveland Marshall Law School teaching criminal procedure and working with the criminal law legal clinic. He presently teaches as an Adjunct professor at the Marshall Law School. He was the founding Director of the Cleveland Free Clinic in 1970. Mr. Friedman is a returning member of the Commission.
Rev. Fred Knuckles, Commissioner
Rev. Fred Knuckles has lived or worked in the City of Cleveland for over 50 years. He has been a pastor of the New Fellowship Church for 30 years and serves a moderator for the Progressive Baptist Association. Mr. Knuckles currently serves as Program Manager of the “Building Strong Families for University Settlement” in the Slavic Village Community and is an advocate for the homeless community.
Stephanie Hinnershitz, Commissioner
Ms. Hinnershitz is a Cleveland resident and is employed as an Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University where she teaches twentieth century American History with a specialization in civil rights and prison labor. Ms. Hinnershitz also serves as the Director of the Center for Refugee and Immigrant Success at Cleveland State and is active with the Downtown Cleveland Residents Association and with Building Hope in the City, a faith based organization that provides outreach on issues such as poverty, crime, and community engagement.
Dr. Megan Testa, Commissioner
Dr. Testa is a medical doctor employed by University Hospitals Psychiatry Department who specializes in Adult Psychiatry with sub-specializations in Community Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry (Board Certified). Dr. Testa also works with the Cleveland based mental health agencies Frontline Services and Recovery Resources and the Cleveland Municipal Court Psychiatric Clinic. Dr. Testa currently serves as President Elect and Government relations Chair for the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association and is an Assistant Professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
Lewis Katz, Commissioner
Mr. Katz is the John C. Hutchens Professor Emeritus of Law and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. Mr. Katz has spent 53 years teaching criminal law and criminal procedure with a scholarship interest in 4th Amendment and civil rights law. Mr. Katz is a former consultant with the Ohio Sentencing Commission and with the New York and Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Commissions. Mr. Katz is the author of “Ohio Arrest Search and Seizure”, which is used in law schools and has had 27 editions issued, the most recent being in 2019.
Harriet Hadley, Commissioner
Ms. Hadley is employed as the Business Community Liaison for the Cleveland Job Corps. She sits on a variety of boards and collaboratives, to include the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the National Congress of Black Women, the Rotary Club of Greater Cleveland, and the Collinwood Neighborhood Community Development Corporation. Ms. Hadley has worked closely with the Fifth Police District and has over 20 years of experience as an advocate working with young adults who have dropped out of school.
Mayele Ngemba, Commissioner
Mr. Ngemba is employed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a Bilingual Instructional Aid. Mr. Ngemba is originally from the Republic of the Congo and has lived in Cleveland for eight (8) years. Among a variety of civic and community groups, Mr. Ngemba presently serves as the President of the Congolese Youths of Greater Cleveland. He is the founder of and works with the local Cleveland based groups “Advocates for Peace and Change” and the co-founder of “Ambassadors for African Youth”. Much of his work and focus is on empowering local youth.
Dr. Terry Echols, Commissioner
Dr. Echols is a Cleveland resident and is employed as the Assistant Director of Adult Education Services at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Dr. Echols is a Doctor of Adult Education and Higher Learning (E.D.) and has spent his career in social services and higher education. He has past service as the Chairman of the Stark County Urban League and as the committee chair for youth education for the NAACP of Stark County. Dr. Echols has an extensive background in multicultural affairs and literacy enhancement, with a focus on working to improve the quality of life of underserved populations.
Victoria Marion, Commissioner
Ms. Marion is a Cleveland resident and is employed as a Senior Social Worker and Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where she works with the Comprehensive Homeless Center. She has worked with individuals having substance abuse disorders and/or mental illness. Ms. Marion has served on both the local and national board of the National Association of Social Workers and serves on the Advisory Board of Ursuline College.
Sgt. Richard Jackson, Black Shield
Sgt. Jackson is a returning member of the Commission. He is a 30-year member of the Cleveland Division of Police. He has nearly 20 years of experience in police supervision. Additionally, he has extensive advanced organizational leadership training from organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Moreover, Sgt. Jackson has advanced OPOTA certifications in Death Investigations, Crime Scenes, Crime Scene Management, Crime Scene Photography, and Organizational Budgeting. Sgt. Jackson also has extensive FEMA training in Emergency Management and Ohio Homeland Security as an Intelligence Liaison Officer. Lastly, Sgt. Jackson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.
Lt. (Ret.) Gail Maxwell, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Lt. Maxwell is a returning member of the Commission. Lt. Maxwell retired from the Cleveland Division of Police in April 2007. She was the Officer in Charge of the Sixth District Detective Bureau, which served Cleveland's Collinwood and Glenville Neighborhoods. Lt. Maxwell resides in Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. Lt. Maxwell is an active retired member of the FOP and has served as the FOP’s Election Committee Chairperson for over eleven (11) years. Lt. Maxwell is a proud citizen of Cleveland and her re-appointment to the Commission reflects her continuing wish to be part of the City's progress moving forward.
Det. Jeff Follmer, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA)
Detective Follmer is a returning member of the Commission. Det. Follmer was elected president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association in November 2017.