Community Police Board


The Community Police Board meets on the Fourth Wednesday of the month or as needed pending open investigations.  Meetings are held in Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY.

The Community Police Board meetings may be held using videoconferencing technology. More information, including the written procedures governing the use of videoconferencing technology, is available on our Boards and Committees page. Live streamed meetings and video recordings of prior meetings are available on the City’s YouTube channel.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agenda | View Available Minutes

If you are interested in serving on the Community Police Board, please complete and submit this application form.

Ithaca High School Survey on Police/Community Relations

2016 Presentation of Ithaca High School Survey Results on Police/Community Relations

2016 Ithaca High School Survey of Ithaca Police Department/Community Relations


  • Shirley M. Kane, Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • Michael Simons
    Term expires: December 31, 2023
  • Vacancy (Youth Member)
    Term expires:  December 31, 2023
  • Richard Onyejuruwa
    Term expires December 31, 2024
  • Meryl Bursic
    Term expires: December 31, 2023

  • Shari Korthuis
    Term Expires:  December 31, 2024
  • Richard C. Rogers
    Term Expires:  December 31, 2022
  • Johnny L. Wright
    Term Expires:  December 31, 2022
  • Bruce Beem-Miller
    Term Expires:  December 31, 2022
  • George McGonigal, Common Council Liaison

What We Do

The Community Police Board (CPB) is charged by the City of Ithaca to act as a community liaison to the Police Department and actively foster positive communications between police and all segments of the community.

The Commissioners are chosen from a range of culturally and economically diverse community groups with consideration given to the effect each appointment will have on the diversity of representation, including geographic representation, on the board.

The Community Police Board provides 2 ways to engage members of the community and members of the Police Department in healthy communication.
  1. A way to express appreciation by citizens to members of the Police Department for work and actions performed in the line of duty, which should be recognized and commended. The CPB forwards those statements to the Chief of Police with the hope that they will be forwarded to the Police Officers so cited.
  2. A way to file a formal complaint by citizens to members of the Police Department for work and actions performed in the line of duty, which asks for an investigation and resolution between the parties. The Community Police Board conducts those investigations, and forwards its findings and recommendations to the Chief of Police and to the citizen(s) involved, expecting that appropriate action(s) be taken to resolve the complaint to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.
  3. More information about the Community Police Board can be found here.

What You Do

To convey appreciation to (a) member(s) of the Police Department or to initiate a complaint involving (a) member(s) of the Police Department, please print and complete the Citizen Compliment or Complaint form (PDF).

File the form with the Community Police Board as instructed on the form and information sheet. In either case, the CPB will act in a timely manner, depending on the nature of the filing. A Commissioner will contact you and advise you of the next steps to be taken.

Contact Information

Community Police Board Office
c/o City of Ithaca Clerk's Office
108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Community Police Board Phone: 607-275-0799