City Manager Announces Members of Advisory Panel for Office of Independent Review

City Manager Andy Souza today announced the appointment of three public members to an advisory panel to help select an independent reviewer to provide City policymakers and the public with an objective, third-party analysis of internal affairs investigations conducted by the Fresno Police Department.

The three public members will join Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Council President Cynthia Sterling, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, a representative of the Fresno Police Officers Association and the City Manager on the advisory panel.

Mayor Swearengin’s proposal to create an Office of Independent Review, passed by City Council in March, called for the advisory panel to help with the selection process.

The City has received 71 applications for the position so far and will continue to accept applications until June 19. The advisory panel met today to begin its work and will meet again on June 24.

An independent reviewer could be hired as early as July. The position will report to the City Manager.

Souza said the following public members have been appointed to the advisory panel:

  • Matthew Babick, who has served as University Internal Auditor at California State University, Fresno for the past four years. Before coming to Fresno, he worked as a special investigator in the Audit Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Babick was the first civilian auditor hired by the Audit Division to work on audit teams alongside police supervisors. With LAPD operating under a federal consent decree and federal monitor, he helped the Division develop audit methods in several areas, including uses of force, complaint procedures, and detentions.
  • Amy Guerra, a local attorney who works primarily in the area of indigent defense. She currently serves on the Mayor’s Community Advisory Panel and participates in community organizations such as La Raza Lawyers Association, California Public Defenders Association and other local attorney and community organizations. Before she attended San Joaquin College of Law, she graduated from California State University, Fresno, where she obtained a bachelor of arts in Anthropology.
  • Kojo Moore, owner of Moore & Moore, a network of attorneys with offices in Fresno and the Bay Area. It is one of the oldest African-American law firms in the country. Moore previously served as a Fresno County public defender. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and the New College of California School of Law in San Francisco.

“The public members of the search committee have a broad range of knowledge that will help us make sure we are selecting the right person for this important position,” City Manager Souza said. “I will be looking to them for guidance and input over the next several weeks as we screen the candidates and come to a final selection.”