Black Lives Matter South Bend held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss their expectations for the citizen that will sit on the City’s Board of Public Safety.
Residents discussed qualities they would like to see in candidates looking to fill the position. Others discussed changes they want to see made to the entire Board of Public Safety - like having all members elected by the community and making it a paid position.
Activist Jordan Geiger wishes South Bend was more transparent with the process - including releasing the names of applicants and what the criteria is for who’s chosen.
“It would have been good for the mayor’s office to at least have some kind of forum where folks could have been able to meet candidates and to ask some questions about why they want to be on the board, what they might add, what they feel the board could be doing better," he said.
City spokesperson Mark Bode says 16 people applied to the position. He also says the City sent out a round of rejection emails last week.