Wednesday September 10, 2003
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that a long-time government employee with experience in neighborhood development will serve as the new Citizens Advocate.
Marsha Moorman, 51, will begin as Citizens Advocate on Sept. 15. The position within the Human Relations Commission was established earlier this year to help citizens who have complaints or concerns about the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Moorman is currently the Neighborhood Link Coordinator in the Department of Neighborhoods. In that role, she launched and now manages a web site that helps link neighborhoods and non-profit organizations to Louisville Metro Government.
“I’m pleased to have someone with Marsha’s commitment and experience in helping neighborhoods meet challenges take on this important role,” Abramson said in announcing Moorman’s appointment. “Establishing good relationships between our neighborhoods and the police department is a critical part of making people in our community feel safe.”
Moorman previously worked in other neighborhood department positions, including service as Block Watch Coordinator, in which she assisted neighborhoods and the police department in forming Block Watch groups. Moorman also has worked as a Correctional Officer with the Bureau of Corrections in the Atlanta police department.
Moorman, a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Va., will earn $42,577.60 as Citizens Advocate, the same salary she currently earns in the Department of Neighborhoods.
The Citizens Advocate position is part of the series of police reforms Abramson and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert C. White announced in February in the wake of the shooting death of James Taylor.
As part of those reforms, Abramson announced that he was returning the police ombudsman to the Human Relations Commission to restore independence and better assist citizens in filing complaints against police officers.
The sweeping police reform plan also included changes in use-of-force policies, increased training for police officers and the creation of a new citizens panel – the Citizens Commission on Police Accountability – to review investigations involving the loss of life due to police action.