Task Force

City-Community Reimagining Public Safety Task Force

The task force brings together City staff and community members to co-create a framework for public safety to be reimagined. This task force will meet regularly and provide recommendations for policy, cultural and structural changes to improve the quality of the public safety experience for all communities.


Next Meeting

December 9, 4 p.m to 8 p.m, virtually on Zoom*. Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting. 
*Zoom link to be posted soon.

Request a language interpreter by calling 3-1-1 no later than five days before the meeting you wish to attend.


Próxima Reunión

9 de diciembre, de 4 p.m. a 8 p.m., virtualmente por Zoom*.  Los miembros del público están invitados para acceder a la reunión. *El enlace de zoom se publicará próximamente.

Solicite un intérprete de español llamando al 3-1-1 al menos cinco días antes de la reunión a la que desea asistir.



Coming soon.


Notes from past meetings

November 5, 2020

Task force members discussed finalizing working groups and received briefings about  Reimagining 911 from Kerry O'Connor, Chief Innovation Officer, and progress on the Mental Health Diversion Initiative from Rey Arellano, Task Force Member, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety.


October 20, 2020

Task force members received nominations and voted to select a co-chair. A task force working group provided a presentation* on the history of policing. Read notes.

You can view a recording of the meeting here. Mire la reunión en español aquí

*Click on the fit to page icon in your browser for a full screen view of the presentation.


September 10, 2020

A new member was introduced, the members reviewed and modified the draft governance document, agreed to vote on co-chairs at the beginning of the next meeting, and decided on the next meeting agenda. Read notes. 


September 2, 2020

Members discussed priority areas and expectations with City leadership, reviewed their priorities for work, established Community Agreements, and decided on the next meeting agenda. Read notes.


August 24, 2020

Members discussed how they will work: public versus private meeting models, voting and decision making methods, group collaboration, and understanding the history of policing. Read notes.




Task Force Community Members

  • Quincy Dunlap - Austin Area Urban League
  • Hailey Easley - Austin Asian Community Health Initiative
  • Emily Gerrick - Texas Fair Defense Project
  • Monica Guzmán - Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA)
  • Priscilla Hale - allgo
  • Dawn Handley - Integral Care
  • Chris Harris - Texas Appleseed
  • David Johnson - Grassroots Leadership
  • Amanda Lewis - Survivor Justice Project
  • Nelson Linder - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Kathy Mitchell - Just Liberty
  • Chas Moore - Austin Justice Coalition
  • Cary Roberts - Greater Austin Crime Commission
  • Paula Rojas - Communities of Color United
  • Matt Simpson - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Alicia Torres - ICE Fuera de Austin
  • Cate Graziani - Texas Harm Reduction Alliance

Task Force City of Austin Members

  • Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde - Deputy City Manager
  • Rey Arellano - Assistant City Manager                             
  • Christopher Shorter - Assistant City Manager                                
  • Farah Muscadin - Director, Office of Police Oversight
  • Brion Oaks - Chief Equity Officer, Equity Office