Police Community Engagement and Outreach Task Force Members

The task force was approved by then City Manager David Cavazos, chaired by then Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher and Assistant Police Chief Jeri Williams, and facilitated by Lionel Lyons, Director of the City’s Equal Opportunity Department.

A representative of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Services, Ron Wakabayashi, observed all task force sessions and offered advice and input from his experiences with the DOJ.

Community Members
Gene D'Adamo
The Arizona Republic
Will Gonzales
Community Prosecution
Raúl Monreal
South Mountain Community College
Dr. Frank Scarpati
Community Bridges
Jeri Kishiyama Auther, Esq.
Japanese American Citizens League
Dr. Ann Hart
Educator and
Police Advisory Board
Julian Nabozny
Police Advisory Board
Omar Shahin
Police Advisory Board
Jocquese Blackwell, Esq.
Maricopa County
Public Defender's Office
Terri Jackson
Human Relations Commission
Luz Pardo
Youth Representative
Sunnyslope Community Center
R. J. Shannon
Arizona Department of Health Services
Dr. Gene Blue
Phoenix OIC
Patrick Kelly
Police Advisory Board
Janey Pearl
Arizona Department of Health Services
Rana Sodi
Police Advisory Board
Benjamin Chee
Native American Heritage Coalition
Gail Knight
Community Excellence Project
Gerald Richard
Attorney General's Office
Louisa Stark
Executive Director
Community Housing Partnership
Dr. Paul Eppinger
Arizona Interfaith
Adolfo Maldonado
Lindo Park Resident
Lawrence Robinson
AZ House of Representatives
Bill Straus
Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League and
Police Advisory Board
Rory Gilbert
Maricopa County
Community College District
Art McKinn
Phil Pangrazio
George Young
South Mountain Community College
Gibson McKay
Antonio Zuniga, Esq.George Dean
Greater Phoenix Urban League
Diane D'Angelo
Phoenix Human Relations Commission
Shawn Pearson
Founder and CEO
Kingdom Communities


City Staff
Ed Zuercher
Assistant City Manager
Lionel D. Lyons, Director
Equal Opportunity Department
Reginald Ragland
Public Transit
Sgt. Mark Tovar
Phoenix Police Department
Jeri Williams
Assistant Police Chief
Marquita Beene
Equal Opportunity Department
Charlene Reynolds
City Manager’s Office
Lieutenant Mike Kurtenbach
Phoenix Police Department