Five New Public Safety Commissioners Sworn In

Commission is officially re-established as new public safety commissioners are sworn in.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published October 7, 2011  

Five Temple City residents on Tuesday were officially sworn in as the Public Safety commission.

The ceremony, which took place on December 7, 2010, included recitation of the oath of office, a presentation of certificates, as well as a group photograph with the City Council.

“We went through an extensive review process,” Temple City Mayor Fernando Vizcarra said.

The new Public Safety commissioners are Brian Baudendistel, Jim Clift, Ousama Nimri, Patricia Shen, and Nicholas Stratis.

The term of office for the Public Safety commissioners is two years. However, two of the five newly appointed commissioners will serve until June 2012, instead of June 2013. This is due to the fact that the City traditionally staggers the terms of members of commissions, City Attorney Eric Vail said.

A random lottery will be drawn during the commissioner’s orientation to determine who will serve until 2012, Vizcarra stated.

In September, city officials voted to reinstate the Public Safety commission, which last operated 13 years ago.

The recruitment process began in October and 18 applications were received by the City Clerk’s office. Interviews were conducted in November.

The Public Safety commission is expected to “[review] community safety issues and make recommendations regarding public safety programs, including vehicular traffic and pedestrian safety, vehicle parking control and emergency preparedness,” city staff previously stated.

In addition, the commission is expected to oversee parking and administrative citation programs.

Since commissioners are considered city volunteers, the costs to operate the Public Safety commission will be minimal, about $1700 a year.

The first Public Safety commission meeting is likely to take place after the holidays.

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