Police and Community Relations Committee - CONCLUDED


The Olympia City Council enlisted the help of five community members, and one member of the Olympia Police Department, to act as an ad-hoc committee on Police and Community Relations that served for six months. The committee's purpose was to develop opportunities for broad-based and inclusive engagement with the community about criminal justice issues. The committee finished it work on April 4, 2016.

Committee Duties

The committee worked in collaboration with City of Olympia staff and local non-profit organizations to receive information and share perspectives about:

  • Methods for engaging under-represented and minority groups on policing practices in order to bridge understanding between Olympia’s law enforcement officers and the public.
  • A preferred process for engaging the public on implementing police-worn body cameras.

Community Forums

The committee held five community forums to give the public the opportunity to provide input on these important topics. Comments received at these forums are posted below.

Committee Members

Reiko Callner is a local attorney and human rights activist.  She is the current Olympia Chapter President of the Japanese American Citizens’ League.  She is the former Chair of the State Human Rights Commission.

In her day job, she is employed as the Executive Director for the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct, though she is not here in that capacity today.  She worked in Thurston County as a prosecutor for ten years and has represented Child Protective Services here.  Her emphasis in prosecution was on domestic violence issues, diversity and hate crimes.  She wrote the hate crimes ordinance for the City of Olympia, and has prepared and presented a domestic violence program for Dept. of Ecology, workplace violence programs for state and local agencies, and diversity programs for law enforcement agencies.

She was an active member of Hands Off Washington!, a GLBT rights organization in the 1990s.  She is one of the founding members of Unity in the Community, an anti-hate crime organization, volunteers with a variety of civil rights organizations, and performs with a Polynesian dance group.

She was the recipient of the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement Award for Social Justice in 2000 and the Capital City Pride Day Award in 2005.

Kerensa is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB), a local non-profit that works with youth and people with low-incomes to create empowering individual & community food solutions. Kerensa has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world including work on parenting & child welfare, affordable housing, project evaluation, management & fundraising. She is passionate about helping people to tap into their innate strengths to live successful and sustainable lives. Kerensa is deeply inspired by holding space for group collaboration and multicultural awareness.

Curt Pavola is a program manager at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (2000 to present). Previously, Curt worked for the Association of Washington Cities (1986-1995) and was responsible for policy development, educational programming for city officials.

In January 2000 Curt was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Olympia City Council. In November 2001 he was elected with 64 percent of the popular vote to a full four-year term that ended in December 2005.

As a community advocate, Curt worked many years for political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels, while also pursuing non-discrimination and equal rights for what he calls “affectional minorities”—gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. As part of this community organizing work, Curt created non-profit organizations, led advocacy projects and interacted with the news media and elected officials, while also maintaining a broader focus on community outreach and education.

Mr. Petty, is a Vietnam veteran and a retired US Army Division Command Sergeant Major. His professional career includes service for the State of Washington as the director of operations for the Employment Security Department and Director of the Washington State Unemployment Insurance Program. He retired from state service in 2001. While in state service Mr. Petty was twice awarded the Distinguished Manager award by two Governors.

Mr. Petty currently serves as Trustee, Director of Operation and Training and Facility Planning for Risen Faith Fellowship Church since its inception in 1989. He is married to Pastor Charlotte Beeler Petty. He is the father of one daughter (Angela) and is the grandfather of three children (Justin, Jasmine and Jerrod) and great-grandfather of Makynlee and Easton.

Mr. Rugarcia was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the United States and became a citizen in 2009.  He completed his Masters of Public Administration at the Evergreen State College in 2012. He has worked for multiple non-profit organizations and is currently employed by the Olympia Food Coop and also serves as a member of the Coop’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Rugarcia desires to build a diverse, strong and safe community based on respect, understanding and inclusion.

Lieutenant Jelcick has served as a police officer for the Olympia Police Department for 22 years. His positions have included service as a patrol officer, a field training officer, emergency driving instructor, walking patrol division, detective for the Thurston County Narcotics Task force, a general crimes detective, a patrol Sergeant, the detective sergeant, and now the special operations lieutenant.  Prior to joining the OPD he attended WSU, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in criminal justice.

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