Six city residents were sworn-in Monday to take seats on Baltimore's police civilian review board, part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's effort to remake a panel described as irrelevant and ineffective.
The civilian board, which is tasked with reviewing police misconduct complaints, has sat half-vacant for years, and the panel's recommendations are rarely followed, according to reports in The Sun.
The mayor also appointed a new chairwoman to lead her Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission. Lindsay C. Cooper will take over for Caroline Griffin, who, along with four others, resigned from the commission in May. Griffin's commission issued a highly critical report challenging Baltimore's commitment to eradicating violence against dogs and cats before the members resigned in protest over what they said was the city's inaction.