Mayor's nominees to Civilian Review Board include academics, attorneys and a former Baltimore sheriff's captain

Mayor Catherine Pugh‘s list of nominees to fill the city’s largely-vacant Civilian Review Board includes several academics and attorneys, as well as a former high-ranking official in the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office, The Baltimore Sun has confirmed.

The Civilian Review Board considers complaints alleging excessive force, abusive language, harassment, false arrest and false imprisonment by police agencies in the city. It also reviews police policy and makes recommendations to police leaders, though it has no power to force change.

Pugh’s eight nominations are intended to fill the nine-member panel, which has been criticized as ineffective and has struggled with turnover and empty seats in the past.

Pugh’s office declined to confirm the identities of the nominees or provide their biographical information or qualifications, a departure from how past administrations in the city and at the state level have handled political nominations for years.

Joyce Green, the current acting chair of the board, said she was blindsided by the news the mayor had nominated someone else to fill her Central Baltimore seat.

“I was told to resubmit my application. I did that. I never heard anything else,” said Green, who also serves as president of the Central District Police Community Relations Council. “I’m done.”

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