Meeting Information & Commission Members

The purpose of the Independent Police Oversight Commission is to increase accountability of the East Lansing Police Department and strengthen conditions leading to trust in the police department by the community that it is pledged to serve. Because the East Lansing City Council is committed to the goal of racial equity, the Commission will give priority to addressing racial inequities as well as use of force in policing. 

The Commission will enable members of the community to participate in reviewing and making recommendations about police department policies, practices and procedures, and it will provide means for prompt, impartial and fair review of complaints brought by individuals against police officers or the police department. The Independent Police Oversight Commission consists of 11 members with staggered terms and who meet monthly.


  • Meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
  • East Lansing Hannah Community Center
    819 Abbot Road
    East Lansing, MI 48823

The 2023 Meeting Schedule can be viewed here.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Agendas & Minutes


  • Erick Williams, Chair
    Term expires: 2023
  • Chris Root, Vice Chair
    Term expires: 2025
  • Kath Edsall
    Term expires: 2026
  • Robin Etchison
    Term expires: 2026
  • Shawn Farzam
    Term expires: 2023
  • Ernest Conerly
    Term expires: 2024
  • Chuck Gagnier
    Term expires: 2024
  • Stephanie Horton
    Term expires: 2024
  • Sharon Hobbs, Ph.D.
    Term expires: 2024
  • Amanda Morgan
    Term expires: 2025
  • Rasha Thomas
    Term expires: 2025

City Staff

Apply for a Vacancy

Submit a Board / Commission Application to apply for an appointment to the Police Oversight Commission.