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The City of Portland, Oregon

Independent Police Review

The City Auditor’s Independent Police Review is a police oversight agency, and is independent and autonomous from the Portland Police Bureau.

phone: 503-823-0146

fax: 503-823-4571

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204

Citizen Review Committee

The eleven-member Citizen Review Committee (CRC) was created in 2001 to help improve police accountability, promote higher standards of police services, and increase public confidence.  Volunteer CRC members are appointed by City Council to perform four primary functions:

  • Gather community concerns about police services.
  • Help the IPR Director develop policy recommendations to address patterns of problems with police services and conduct.
  • Review and advise IPR and IA on the complaint handling process.
  • Hear appeals from complainants and officers and publicly report its findings.

 

 CRC Chair

Ms. Candace Avalos received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Foreign Languages, with a focus on Spanish and Italian, and Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. Originally from Sterling, Virginia, she moved to Oregon in 2013 for her current position at Portland State University as the Coordinator of Student Government Relations and Greek Life Advisor. In this position, she provides education, support, and advising to student leaders and advocates while helping them navigate university and government bureaucracy. Prior to her career in student affairs and higher education, she worked in K-12 education teaching English as a Second Language. She lives in NE Portland and her hobbies include dog sitting and cooking new recipes from the show Top Chef.  

Appointed September, 2017

 

Vice Chair

Mr. Vadim Mozyrsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, he clerked for judges in state, federal, and international courts. He practiced in litigation and mediation before his current employment with the U.S. government. Mr. Mozyrsky is active in the Portland community. 

Appointed January 2018

 

Recorder

Mr. Adam Green moved to Portland from Houston, Texas 11 years ago and has dedicated his career to nonprofit mission-driven work. After serving two consecutive successful terms on the Portland Police Review Board, Adam is excited to continue working on police accountability issues in this new capacity. Adam lives in SE Portland's Woodstock neighborhood with his husband Jason and their italian greyhound Kobe.

Appointed April 2020

 

Ms. Andrea Chiller received her undergraduate degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. After practicing law and working in the legal research division of Bloomberg LP in New York City, she moved to Portland in 2014 where she now lives with her wife, daughter, dog, and cat. She is currently a Case Presenter with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. In that role, she works to ensure compliance with the State's liquor and recreational marijuana laws. 

Appointed November 2016

 

 

 

 

Ms. Julie Falk is a graduate of Swarthmore College where she majored in English Literature and Art History. She is the executive director of Bitch Media and is president of the board of Women’s Foundation of Oregon. She previously served as executive of Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles and the Prison Media Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originally from Kentucky, Julie moved to Portland in 2006, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Appointed February 2015

 

 

 

 

Ms. Hillary Houck received her BA from Friends World Program in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Human Issues and Social Change. Hillary grew up in rural New Hampshire, and has lived around the US, in Ghana, and China, moving to Oregon in 2007. She has worked in anti-poverty and services for those experiencing housing instability or homelessness since 2005. She has years of volunteer experience serving both people and animals. She lives in North Portland with her dog, foster dogs, and partner.

Appointed March 2018

 

Ms. Jihane Nami holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Staffordshire University, in the United Kingdom. She dedicated her first career to working with diverse and marginalized communities around the world, managing humanitarian programs in conflict-affected countries. Raised a “Cross-Cultural Kid”, she now calls Portland home and works at Portland State University, where she facilitates collaborative projects that match the university’s expertise with the priorities of community groups, government agencies and businesses, to develop practical solutions for a more sustainable, equitable and livable city.  

Appointed May 2018

 

Sylvan Fraser grew up in Western Washington before moving to Portland in 2008 to begin studying at Reed College. They graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Linguistics and temporarily relocated to California to earn their J.D. from Berkeley Law. They currently serve as Staff Attorney at the national legal non-profit interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, and live in Southeast Portland with their loving partner, two cats, and a dog. In their free time they sing in two choirs, host tabletop game nights, and cook elaborate vegetarian meals.

Appointed June 2019

 

Ms. Shaina Pomerantz is a California native with deep familial roots in Portland.  Her maternal grandparents, Charles and Johnnie Maxey settled in Portland, Oregon in the 1940s after fleeing harsh Jim Crow laws in East Texas. Through their guidance and love, Shaina was exposed to community activism and the importance of education, advocacy, and civic engagement.  She followed her parents, both alumni of Pacific University, into the field of education where she taught violence prevention and conflict mediation, reading, writing, and humanities.  She worked as an educator for over fifteen years and had the pleasure of teaching in the Bay Area and New York City.  She has worked in the Texas, Louisiana, and Oregon State Legislatures and served as Chief of Staff to Representative Hernandez in the Oregon legislature.  She is the COO for RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, a monthly community dialogue forum founded by her mother, Donna Maxey, that teaches Portlanders how to discuss issues through the lens of race and racism. Shaina received a Bachelor’s in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco; Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College; and J.D. from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

Appointed April 2020

 

Ms. Carol Johnson J.D., M.A., is a Director of Civil Rights at Oregon Labor and Industries.  Johnson is a licensed attorney with a passion for civil and human rights. Her career has spanned areas of administrative, civil and criminal law as a public defender, prosecutor, and as counsel for Arkansas’ Labor Commissioner with the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission. Johnson holds degrees from Texas Christian University and University of Arkansas. She received her law degree from the University of Arkansas’ School of Law.

Appointed April 2020

 

Mr. Taylor Snell grew up in Reno, Nevada. He received his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2013. He went on to be an AmeriCorps volunteer at a food bank in north Seattle. His experience in AmeriCorps led him to pursue public interest law at Lewis & Clark in Portland. While obtaining his J.D., Taylor worked in the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic and the Public Interest Law Project. After graduating, Taylor clerked for Judge Lininger in Clackamas County, and currently works as a public defender in Hillsboro. In his free time, Taylor can be found trail running, or eating deep fried vegan food. 

Appointed April 2020