1997-2002: City Coordinator Took Interim Control of the CRA
During 1996, the City Council raised the issue of consolidating the CRA with the City Coordinator’s Office to reduce expenses, improve coordination, and provide better access to services. At a meeting in June 1997 (City Council Meeting Minutes, June 27, 1997), the Minneapolis City Council met and discussed a range of proposals, including whether to eliminate the CRA Director position or even abolish the CRA entirely. By meeting’s end, the City Council had transferred the CRA to the City Coordinators Office, and appointed a redesign team to study six areas:
- Appropriate services
- Cost effectiveness
- Oversight by the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission
The redesign team met and concluded that the CRA should remain independent from the Minneapolis Police Department and other Minneapolis city departments. The team also recommended measures to increase CRA visibility in the community and to improve CRA service in the six different study areas. See . The CRA Board of Directors responded to each of the redesign team’s recommendations. See .
- Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority Redesign Team 1997 Report
- 1998 Civilian Review Authority Response to MCPRA Redesign Report
Meanwhile, the CRA undertook steps to monitor the quality of service. For more information see:
- Citizen and Police Officer Evaluations of the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority
- Minneapolis CRA Quality Service Audit: A Two Year Report.
- CRA 1997 Annual Report
- CRA 1998 Annual Report
- CRA 1999 Annual Report
- CRA 2000 Annual Report
Last updated Jul 13, 2017