Police Accountability Board

The Rochester City Council established a civilian-controlled process to fairly investigate and make determinations respecting complaints of misconduct involving sworn Officers of the Rochester Police Department. The Police Accountability Board is the mechanism to investigate such complaints and to review Rochester Police Department patterns, practices, policies and procedures. The Police Accountability Board provides a non-exclusive alternative to civil litigation.

This volunteer board is comprised of 9 city residents; four appointments are from the City Council (one from each of the City Council Districts); four appointments are from recommendations of the Police Accountability Board Alliance, and one appointment is from the Mayor.  

Board Members

Dr. Robert Harrison III, Council East
Ida Perez, Council Northeast
Rabbi Drorah Setel, Council Northwest 
Rev. Matthew Nickoloff, Council South
Jonathan Dollhopf, PABA Seat 1
Miquel Powell, PABA Seat 2 
Shani Wilson, PABA Seat 3 
Dr. Celia McIntosh, PABA Seat 4 
Rev. Dr. Rickey B. Harvey, Mayoral appointment 

“The members are from neighborhoods across the City; they have different backgrounds and experiences, and are representative of the different ethnicities, races, genders, ages and religious affiliations of our residents," said Council President Loretta C. Scott. "They represent advocates for the LGBTQ+ communities and the deaf and hard of hearing community; they include a veteran of the United States Armed Forces; clergy leaders and medical experts. They have training in mediation, Board leadership experience, and have served as community organizers. Though the task ahead of them is great, I have the utmost confidence that this group will establish a transparent and effective PAB for Rochester.”

The term of this Board concludes on June 30, 2020 and then members will be appointed to staggered terms.

  • View the biographies of the PAB members here>>.   
  • View legislation approving the inaugural PAB here>>.
  • View legislation establishing the PAB as certified Local Law here>>
  • A one page document detailing the responsibilities and requirements for members of the PAB can be found here>>.
  • View PAB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here>>.

Executive Director Search

The Police Accountability Board (PAB) is actively seeking candidates for its Executive Director Position. This is a highly visible, executive-level position responsible for the management and oversight of the Police Accountability Board activities. The PAB is an official City body that is responsible for reviewing allegations of misconduct by uniformed members of the Rochester Police Department. 

“The nine member Police Accountability Board will be responsible for reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and selecting our Executive Director,” said Board Chair Shani Wilson, “we are excited to have arrived at this step, and we are eager to begin our work.  I am confident that we will find a number of qualified candidates that will be able to serve this Board and our community.”

This position requires the Rochester City Council to hold a Confirmation Hearing to approve the candidate selected by the PAB. Inquiries regarding this position should go to the City of Rochester Department of Human Resource Management.

The position will be posted for 90 days with the Board accepting applications through June 10, 2020. The job qualifications can also be found here>>.