South Bend Appoints New Board Of Public Safety Member

Nov 7, 2019

Members on the South Bend Board of Public Safety.
Credit Annacaroline Caruso

The City of South Bend announced a new member of the Board of Public Safety during a community meeting Thursday night. 

Residents gathered at the South Bend City Church to learn more about the Board of Public Safety and ask members questions.

The four existing board members were joined by a newly appointed member, Melissa Colpitts. Colpitts is the Human Resources Generalist and Benefits Coordinator for the City. She was chosen from a pool of 18 applicants.

Melissa Colpitts
Credit Photo provided by the City of South Bend

Some residents previously said they wanted to see a citizen on the Board of Public Safety that could better represent them.

Board President John Collins said he’s glad the public wants to be more involved.

“I’m very happy for the public’s input and the more they’re becoming educated about the board.”

This meeting was a continuation of a series held by the City to improve the relationship between South Bend residents and the police department.

The next community meeting will be on Thursday, December 5th. Friday South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg issues the following statement on the appointment:  

“Melissa Colpitts will be an excellent addition to the Board of Public Safety,” said Mayor Buttigieg. “Her voice will bring valued perspective to Board, and I look forward to her leadership in this important community position. I am thrilled and grateful to have been given this opportunity,” said Colpitts. “As a lifelong resident, South Bend holds a very special place in my heart. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board as we work to deliver leadership and transparency to public safety in this community.”

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