Police Commissioner Julius Turman was unanimously reappointed by the Board of Supervisors last week to serve as vice president, a position he has held for four years.
Turman made his case for reappointment to the board's Rules Committee the day before his selection, saying that the commission is his “passion.” He received a positive recommendation from the committee, which is made up of supervisors John Avalos, Malia Cohen and Katy Tang.
“I am particularly proud to be a Board of Supervisors appointee because it means that I think I have a greater responsibility to make sure the community's voice is heard,” Turman said.
The Police Commission crafts policy for the department and oversees serious discipline of officers. Its work is particularly important as police-community relations are under intense scrutiny in The City and nationwide.
Turman was lauded by supervisors and the public for being a facilitator between police and the residents. He has worked to revise police general orders and policies on stun guns, and to increase the number of officers enrolled in language training.
“He has the ability to listen to both sides,” Supervisor David Campos told the board, noting that Turman is a gay black man. “The level of scrutiny that he received in this process also gives him a mandate to push for more transparency and accountability, which is badly needed.”
Now that he has been reappointed, Turman will serve until April 30, 2019. All commissioners work full-time jobs and are unpaid for their work on the commission.