CLEVELAND — With police reform continuing to be a priority in his administration, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb has announced three appointments to the city's civilian police review board (CPRB).
New members Brandon Brown and Billy Sharp were sworn in, while current member Kenneth Mountcastle was appointed to a four-year term that will end in August of 2026. Brown's term will also run until August of 2026, while Sharp's term runs through December 20, 2025.
Brandon E. Brown, Esq. is currently an Associate at Calfee, Halter, & Griswold LLP. He has served as a clerk in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. Billy Sharp serves as human resources manager for Ledwidge GP Management DBA McDonald's. He is also the founder of Billy Sharp OmniMedia, a company that provides consulting, works with publicists, and sells books, documentaries and educational materials. Sharp is a former candidate for Ohio House District 10l
The CPRB is now fully staffed with nine members, five appointed by the mayor of Cleveland and four by Cleveland City Council. The CPRB can receive, cause investigation of, review, and recommend resolutions for non-criminal administrative complainants against Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) personnel.
While the CPRB is now complete, the city continues to work to put together its new Community Police Commission. The Cleveland Police Commission will oversee misconduct investigations and have final say on police discipline. The commission will also have input in key policy decisions, such as training and recruitment of officers. It will also have the power to overrule decisions made by the city's police chief and safety director.
Cleveland City Council will appoint three representatives to the commission, while Mayor Justin Bibb will appoint ten representatives. All 13 members must be approved by the Mayor's Appointments Committee and the full council before taking their seats.