§ 2.62.080. Screening panel.  


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  • (a) Upon the appointment of the initial members of the review board, the director shall randomly select the members of the first panel, hereinafter referred to as the screening panel.

    (b)

    The initial term of the members of the screening panel shall expire the first Monday in January, 2001. Thereafter, the director shall randomly select screening panel members, who shall serve terms of six months expiring the first Monday of the following July or January. When a screening panel member resigns or otherwise has membership terminated, the director shall randomly select a new member, who shall serve the remainder of the former member's term. No screening panel member shall be eligible during their term on the screening panel to serve on any other panel. No member of the review board shall serve on two consecutive screening panels.

    (c)

    Regular meetings of the screening panel shall be held at least once a month. Special meetings shall be held upon the call of the chair or two members of the panel.

    (d)

    Citizen complaints against officers and requests to review internal investigations regarding officers shall be submitted to the director, who shall refer all complaints and requests for review to the screening panel. The director shall have no authority to dismiss or reject a complaint or request for review except in cases where the board has no jurisdiction pursuant to Section 2.62.060.

    (e)

    The screening panel shall review complaints and requests for review to determine whether:

    (1)

    The review board has jurisdiction to consider the matter; and

    (2)

    The matter has sufficient merit to warrant further consideration by a hearing panel or the department.

    (f)

    Upon review, the screening panel may:

    (1)

    Determine not to refer a matter to a hearing panel or the department;

    (2)

    Refer a complaint against an officer to the department;

    (3)

    Refer a request for review of an internal investigation to a hearing panel; or

    (4)

    Refer a complaint for voluntary non-binding mediation but, if mediation is rejected, the screening panel shall follow paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection (f).

    (g)

    The screening panel must complete its review and make its determination as to any complaint or request for review referred to it within fifteen days of the date the matter is first considered by the screening panel. The fifteen-day period shall be tolled during any ongoing investigation or proceeding which interferes with the panel's jurisdiction pursuant to Section 2.62.060 of the county code, or during any litigation over the screening panel's jurisdiction.

    (h)

    Review by the screening panel shall be confined to the complaint or request for review, the records of the internal investigation for which review is requested, and such information as may be voluntarily provided by the complainant, the department, or the officer whose conduct is the subject of the complaint or request for review. The screening panel shall have no authority to take testimony, issue subpoenas or require the production of books, papers and documents.

    (Ord. 2547 § 2, 2001: Ord. 2295 § 1 (part), 1999)

(Ord. No. 3749, § 1, 3-3-2009)