Mayor selects interim CPD oversight board’s president, VP to join permanent panel

Two current leaders of a board meant to provide Chicago residents with oversight of the city’s embattled Police Department are poised to join its first permanent iteration alongside five other candidates, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced Tuesday.

Anthony Driver Jr. and Remel Terry are president and vice president, respectively, of the interim Community Commission on Public Safety and Accountability, which helps select and remove the city’s police superintendent and Police Board members and sets goals for CPD, the Police Board and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Driver and Terry, along with Aaron Gottlieb, Abierre Minor, Angel Rubi Navarijo, Kelly Presley and Sandra Wortham, were part of a group of 15 nominees sent to Johnson in early March after a monthslong process of recruiting and interviewing candidates. If approved, they will make up the first permanent civilian oversight board for the Chicago Police Department, which officials tasked with bringing “police officers and Chicago residents together to plan, prioritize, and build mutual trust.”

Under the 2021 ordinance that created the commission and 22 police district councils, Johnson had 30 days to make his selections. His announcement came about three weeks after that deadline.

Per the ordinance, Johnson’s appointees will go before the City Council Committee on Police and Fire and, if they pass the committee, to the full council for approval.

The seven appointees are:

  • Current interim President Anthony Driver Jr.

  • Interim Vice President Remel Terry

  • Aaron Gottlieb, assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work

  • Angel Rubi Navarijo, director of constituent services for 48th Ward Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

  • Kelly Presley, associate general counsel of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Sandra Wortham, administrative law judge for the city of Chicago

  • Abierre Minor, chief fiscal officer of Progressive Minds Show