Mayor Sly James on Wednesday announced the appointment of 18 members to a new anti-violence task force.
They include a diverse group of citizens with wide-ranging expertise. The leader will be Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus and the co-leader will be Andres Dominguez, program officer with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
James charged the group with coming up with pragmatic, workable solutions to Kansas City’s high violence rate. Their report is due in a year.
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▪ Deidre Anderson, executive director, United Inner City Services.
▪ Charles Atwell, attorney and former Jackson County circuit judge.
▪ Chuck Caisley, vice president of public affairs with KCP&L.
▪ City Councilwoman Alissia Canady.
▪ Jose Faus, artist, writer and educator.
▪ Tina Harris, pastor, Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church.
▪ Jill Katz and Nancy Olivares, attorneys.
▪ Jonathan Kemper, vice chairman Commerce Bancshares.
▪ Rodney Knott, CEO of ReEngage Staffing Services.
▪ Allan Markley, Raytown public schools superintendent.
▪ D.J. Pierre, assistant city prosecutor.
▪ Judy Sherry, president Judy Sherry Consortium, Advertising & Marketing.
▪ Rosilyn Temple, founder of Kansas City chapter of Mothers in Charge.
▪ Wick Thomas, teen services librarian with Kansas City public library.
▪ Crystal Williams, Jackson County legislator.