June 15th, 2024

Police commission appoints new chair joining three new public members

By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman - Lethbridge Herald on February 10, 2023.

Herald photo Dawna Coslovi has been appointed the new chair of the Lethbridge Police Commission.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDapulido@lethbridgeherald.com

The Lethbridge Police Commission has appointed Dawna Coslovi as their new chair. She was the vice-chair during the 2022 term and has been a member of the commission since 2018.

“Commission is usually served for two to three years, so I’m in the latter part of my second term,” said Coslovi.

She said it was an honour to be appointed as Chair during their first commission meeting of the year in late January, but it was also a little bit intimidating.

“I will tell you it’s a little daunting. But I look around the room or look around the Commission table and I see the other Commissioners and I’m confident that I can depend on them for their support and their guidance as we go through,” said Coslovi.

She said that even though she is the representative, the commission works better as a team, as a collective voice.

“My new role entails working with the other Commissioners as we govern and as we oversee the Lethbridge Police Service, I will be running meetings for the public and I would be the representative for the Commission,” said Coslovi.

She said she is excited to work with the three new public members of the commission – Brett Carlson, Clement Esene, and Jen Visser – and continue working with the Council members of the commission.

“I’m hoping that I can be of assistance to them. As they are learning their new roles, so they can come to me to ask questions,” said Coslovi.

She said that even though they have professional development courses for anyone that comes on to the Commission, she is there to help them.

“I believe my role, as well as the vice chair role, is to lead the Commission, to help them understand our role, just to help them get more in tune with what the responsibilities of a commissioner are,” said Coslovi.

She said moving forward, they will be working closely with the Lethbridge Police Service to align their strategic plan with the LPS operational plan.

“They have to take a look at our strategic plan and then they have to ensure that their operational plan is an alignment with our strategic plan,” said Coslovi.

She said it is nice to look around the commission table knowing that they are all going in the same direction.

“We want to have a good police force. We want to have community. Safety is paramount in this city and it’s on everyone’s mind. We all want that same goal. So yeah, it’s a little daunting, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Coslovi.

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