Police Civilian Oversight Board


2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.


CitySpace (100 5th Street NE)


Three (3), Residents of the City of Charlottesville who come from historically disadvantaged communities that have traditionally experienced disparate policing or who are residents of public housing; three (3), Residents of the City of Charlottesville who are not City of Charlottesville employees, candidates for public office, former members of the Charlottesville Police Department, immediate family members of a current Charlottesville Police Department employee, or current law enforcement agency employees; one (1), Member who resides or works in the City and who represents an organization that seeks racial or social justice on behalf of historically disadvantaged communities; one (1), Non-voting member who has policing expertise or experience


Inaugural board - 18 months (3 voting members); 3-years (4 voting members); 3-years (1 non-voting member). All subsequent boards will a 3 year term. (2 term limit) 


The Board aims to provide objective and independent civilian-led oversight of the Charlottesville Police Department in an effort to enhance transparency and trust, to promote fair and effective policing, and to protect the civil and constitutional rights of the people of the City of Charlottesville.   

The Board’s functions, as outlined below, shall pursue the following principles and objectives: 

  1. Ensuring that police officers act with integrity and treat every person with equal dignity;
  2. Empowering and inspiring self-governance and a culture of mutual respect;
  3. Seeking social and racial justice;
  4. Engaging in community outreach and amplifying the voices of the socially, politically, and economically disenfranchised;
  5. Listening to and building cooperation between all stakeholders to find and develop common ground and public purpose;
  6. Championing just, equitable, and legitimate policing policies and practices; and
  7. Processing complaints, reviewing police practices and internal investigations, issuing findings, writing public reports, and making recommendations.



George Dillard, Law Enforcement rep
Charles Fleming, Community
Jeffrey Fracher, At-Large (Vice Chair)
William Mendez, At-Large (Chair)
Lakeshia Washington, Community
u 2/22/2023-8/31/2024
James Watson, Community rep
u 3/1/2023-8/31/2024
Vacant, Social Justice rep
Vacant, At-large

u=unexpired term