Gun Violence Prevention Commission

Type: Commission

Meeting Frequency: Third Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. (Virtual on Zoom)

Contact: Angie O'Brien (540) 853-5309  angela.o'brien@roanokeva.gov or gvpc@roanokeva.gov 

Members: Nine (9)

Member Term of Office Eligible for Reappointment
Council Member Joseph Cobb 4/5/21 - 3/31/22 Yes
Shakira Williams 4/5/21 - 3/31/23 Yes
Decca Knight 4/5/21 - 3/31/23 Yes
Stacey Sheppard 4/5/21 - 3/31/22 Yes
Taisha Steele 4/5/21 - 3/31/22 Yes
Elliott Major 4/5/21 - 3/31/23 Yes
Tim Harvey 4/5/21 - 3/31/24 Yes
Nicole Ross 4/5/21 - 3/31/24 Yes
Rabbi Kathy Cohen 4/5/21 - 3/31/24 Yes

PURPOSE: The purpose and responsibility of the Gun Violence Prevention Commission shall be as follows:

  (1) Gather, review and study the issue of gun violence within the community;

  (2) Make recommendations to city council for potential actions that the city may take to reduce the epidemic of gun violence within our         community and to make recommendations for enhancing existing resources and campaigns; and

  (3) Aid the city in making and developing community partnerships to assist in the reduction of gun violence.

NOTE: Ordinance No. 42012-031521 adopted on March 15, 2021, amending and reordaining Permanent Committees, Article XIV Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees Generally, Chapter 2, Administration, Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), Section 2-297 of Division 2, Permanent Committees, Article XIV Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees Generally, Chapter 2, Administration, Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended; amending and reordaining Division 2, Permanent Committees, Article XIV Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees Generally, Chapter 2, Administration, Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended, to add Section 2-306; establishing an effective date; and dispensing with the second reading of this ordinance by title.

COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD

Sec. 2-306 Gun Violence Prevention Commission

 (a) Established; composition. There is hereby established the Gun Violence Prevention Commission as a permanent council-appointed board. The Gun Violence Prevention Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, one (1) member shall be a member of city council and the remaining eight (8) shall be residents of the city, unless such residency requirement is waived by City Council in accordance with City Code Section 2-281. Pursuant to section 2-282, the mayor will serve as an ex officio non-voting member of the Gun Violence Prevention Commission. Council may appoint any member of city council, excluding the mayor.