Austinites have two chances to meet the finalists for the role of Police Monitor today. At 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., the four contenders for the job will answer questions at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex.
The Police Monitor's office takes complaints about police from the public, and offers policy recommendations to the Chief of Police on some matters. It does not have the authority to investigate police behavior.
The following biographies of the finalists were provided by a City of Austin press release.
- Cristina Beamud -- Executive Director, City of Atlanta Citizen Review Board
Beamud started her career as a Police Officer in the Rochester, N.Y., Police Department. She left law enforcement to attend law school. Beamud has served as a prosecutor, supervised community courts and served as Legal Advisor for the Cambridge, Mass., Police Department. She established the Police Auditor’s Office for the City of Eugene, Ore. Beamud earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
- Ann del Llano -- Family law attorney/owner of Capitol City Solutions
Del Llano recently founded Capitol City Solutions, a lobbying and campaign services firm. She has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, specializing in the Texas criminal justice system and the state budget. She has contributed to several successful efforts to pass state and local legislation and budget priorities, as well as a variety of educational campaigns. Del Llano has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco.
- Margo Frasier – Senior Associate of MGT of America
MGT of America is a national management research and consulting firm in the fields of criminal justice/public safety, education and state/local government. Frasier was Travis County’s first female sheriff, serving two four-year terms from 1997 to 2005. After leaving the Sheriff's Office, Frasier moved to Huntsville and served as a professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State. Frasier earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Fla.
- Renita Sanders -- Assistant Police Monitor, City of Austin
As Assistant Police Monitor, Sanders monitors investigations and critical incidents including officer-involved shootings. Sanders has a background in government administration with extensive experience in human resource management. She is also a certified Public Manager. Sanders earned her law degree from Concord Law School in Los Angeles.
Austin's City Manager hopes have decided which candidate to hire by the end of December.