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JSO Calls For Community Feedback, Launches 4 Task Forces

Mike Williams for Sheriff
Mike Williams

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says he wants the community to help JSO do a better job.

He’s announced the creation of four community task forces. They’ll review JSO training, transparency, resources and community engagement.

Recently elected Sheriff Williams says he heard concerns about all those issues during his campaign.

Jacksonville University President Tim Cost will head up the task forces.

“What we’re shooting for is to take the next six to nine months to hold meetings which are open to the public and which the public will be invited to,” Cost said, “where we can explore each of these areas of how to make Jacksonville, Florida, an even better city and to provide input to the sheriff at the end of that time in the form of a public discussion and a written report.”

Cost has picked the following people to lead each task force committee.

  • Training: Dan Bean, Executive Partner at Holland & Knight
  • Transparency: Wayne Young, JEA Director of Government Affairs
  • Community Engagement: Susan Towler, Florida Blue Foundation Vice President
  • Resources: Jim Casey, Stein Mart Vice President of Asset Protection

Cost says information from the meetings will soon be found under “Sheriff’s Strategic Initiative” on the JSO website.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.