With the help of the community, the Ferguson Commission set its priorities and shared its guiding principles during the Commission’s inaugural meeting.
Citizen-police relations, the municipal court system and municipal government organization are the top issues where the Commission will immediately focus its work, creating policy solutions and recommendations.
The Commission will also evaluate and address the current structural challenges in education, economic opportunity and racial and ethnic relations. The community also ranked these three long-term issues as a priority for the Commission’s overall work.
In the Ferguson Community Center’s packed gymnasium, commissioners listened to members of the public share their opinions and frustrations, and also led the development of a community-guided roadmap where the Commission will focus it work.
“We need everyone to be part of the dialogue that will turn positive solutions into positive actions, as we examine and respond to the many structural challenges exposed by the August 9th tragedy and its aftermath,” Commission Co-Chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure said. “We are deeply committed to making our region a stronger and fairer place for all.”
During the meeting, the Commission shared its guiding principles for the work ahead: transparency; equity and fairness; creating sustainable and enduring actions with urgency and accountability; civic engagement; diversity and inclusion; and integrity.
The Commission’s public meetings will be held at different locations in the region. The next meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 8. We encourage the community to attend and participate in the Commission’s work.