History of the Riley County Community Advisory Board (CAB)
In the Fall of 2008, Director Brad Schoen of the Riley County Police Department formed an Ad-Hoc Community Advisory Board which held its first meeting in early March of 2009. The purpose of the Ad Hoc Committee was to develop the by-laws and mission statement for the Community Advisory Board. The members of the Ad Hoc Committee were Director Schoen, Belinda Snyder, Jerry Boettcher, Mo Hosni, Bob Kruh, Tiffany Powell, John Doehling, John Carlin, Kathy Pauls, Richard Pitts and Trent Armbrust. The Ad Hoc Committee met again in April where Director Schoen charged the Ad Hoc Committee with the responsibility to develop a mission statement which "establishes as the CAB's purpose a partnership between the Riley County Police Department and the community which are designed to address areas of concern to either or both", and to "establish by-laws under which the CAB functions."
The Ad Hoc Committee met again in May of 2009 to discuss the charge given by Director Schoen and again in June and July, working to develop the mission statement and by-laws. Solicitation of members for the newly formed Community Advisory Board was initiated by Director Schoen in August of 2009, following presentation for approval by Director Schoen to the Riley County Law Board. As a part of the process, all members of the Community Advisory Board would be required to sign an Ethics and Confidentiality agreement, to be filed with the Riley County Police Department.
Member solicitation occurred in the months of August through December of 2009, and the initial members of the CAB were established and held their first meeting in January of 2010. Founding members of the Board are Mo Hosni, Jerry Boettcher, Jeff Levin, Steve Hargrave, Tiffany Powell, Dick Seaton, Heather Lansdowne, Trent Armbrust, Clay Taylor, Chris Ferris and Kathleen Greene. A student representative from Kansas State University serves as a position designated through the Student Government Association. Membership of the CAB is designed to be representative of the broad community, including Manhattan and the surrounding area, Kansas State University, Fort Riley, and to be consistent with the diversity of Riley County.