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Newport Police taking a major step toward closer relations with the public

Newport Creates New Police Advisory Committee


In an effort to obtain citizen involvement on key issues, the city created the Police Advisory Committee to help ensure transparency and accountability in the ways that the Newport Police Department operates.The Police Advisory Committee responsibilities include advising and making recommendations via the Police Chief on issues concerning public safety and police services within the City of Newport.“I look forward to advancing the relationship between the Newport community and the Newport Police Department,” Police Chief Jason Malloy said. “This is a great opportunity, and I am excited for the Police Advisory Committee to begin work.”

The committee will be comprised of nine members to be appointed by the Mayor and ratified by the City Council.

Priority consideration for membership include:

A. Two members shall be residents of the city of Newport, representing residential property owners and renters

B. One member shall be an owner or manager of a business located within the city, regardless of place of residence

C. One member shall represent the Lincoln County School District

D. Two members shall represent the LatinX community

E. One member shall be a student from Newport High School

F. One member shall have qualified experience in dispute resolution

G. One member shall be at-large 

In the event that a committee member holds more than one affiliation listed above, additional at-large members may be appointed.

The following process will used to select Committee members:

  • Application submitted to the City of Newport;
  • Candidates invited to interview with the City Council; and
  • Successful candidates will be appointed by the Mayor and ratified by the City Council.

The resolution provides that the Police Advisory Committee will be in place for a period of two years. Prior to the conclusion of this time period, the committee will prepare a report to Council with a recommendation as to whether the committee should be formalized as a standing city committee. 

Anyone interested in serving on the Police Advisory Committee should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” In response to Question No. 8, please indicate which community constituency you represent. The completed form can be submitted electronically. Hardcopies of the committee application form can be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.

The application deadline is January 8. City Council plans to interview applicants at its work session of January 19, and make appointments at an upcoming City Council meeting.

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