The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (CRC) is composed of a Leadership committee, and seven subcommittees: Communications, Crisis Response, Education/Young Leaders, Intercultural Relations, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, Policy Community Relations, and Programs/Speakers.
Leader: Michael Smalenberger, email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Liaison: Willie Ratchford, Terry Bradley, Mary Williams, Melissa Baker, Traci Ethridge, Gwenarda Miller
The Leadership subcommittee is composed of the chair and vice-chair (appointed by the Mayor of the City of Charlotte and the Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners) and the seven subcommittee chairs.
Leader: Adrienne Martinez
Staff Liaison: Melissa Baker, Traci Ethridge
The Communications subcommittee assists CRC staff to facilitate strategic internal and external communications. The subcommittee develops ideas to maintain a newsletter and other social media outlets to provide public service announcements and community awareness of CRC events.
Primary Leader: Vivian Spruill
Staff Liaison: Maura Chavez
The Crisis Response subcommittee was initiated to ensure the CRC has a response to ongoing and sudden community crisis and concerns. The subcommittee develops programs and responses for several areas under Law, Justice, and Community Resource Outreach. Some of these programs include Know Your Rights, Expungements, Office of Returning Citizens, Intervention, and more.
Staff Liaison: Ryan Emmanuel
The Education/Young Leaders subcommittee ‘s mission is to create a community-wide expectation, beginning with kindergartners, that all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) students will graduate high school with appropriate life skills. Members of the subcommittee develop community relations with area school students, administrators, elected officials, and special interest groups to assist to ensure Charlotte area students have access to the skills necessary to become productive citizens of Charlotte.
Commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Primary Leader: Delores Reid-Smith
Staff Liaison: Terry Bradley, Lezlie Briggs, Rhonda Jackson
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. subcommittee coordinates all events relating to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration and celebration in January. Charlotte has one of the country’s largest celebrations with events that have included a parade, arts and writing contests, prayer service, awards banquet, and more.
Leader: Hector Vaca, Jr.
Staff Liaison: Luis Matta
The Intercultural Relations subcommittee supports the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community as a resource for intercultural communication, information, tools, and strategies that foster a more inclusive environment. Members of the subcommittee are developing a diversity resource handbook, a diversity training tool for cultural awareness, and a community “welcome kit” for internationals that relocate to Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Police Community Relations
Leader: Dana Sidberry
Staff Liaison: Donna Murrell, Cheryl Harp
The Police Community Relations subcommittee’s mission is to improve relations between citizens and police officers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to enhance community trust in the process for receiving, investigating, and adjudicating complaints of police misconduct. This subcommittee has been responsible for hosting the Police Community Relations Awards ceremony and reception for more than 30 years. The subcommittee also conducts police hearings and works with the police and community to monitor programs that improve these relationships.
Leader: Vanessa Clarke
Staff Liaison: Willie Ratchford, Terry Bradley, Mary Williams
The Programs/Speakers subcommittee is responsible for planning CRC meetings, developing agenda topics, and identifying meeting topics, meeting locations, and speakers.
Ad Hoc Committees
Leaders: Michael Smalenberger
Staff Liaison: Willie Ratchford
Ad Hoc committees are formed as required to address community relations through special projects, focus groups, task forces, or other responses as required. CRC Committee members are asked or appointed to serve as appropriate.
Leaders: Michael Smalenberger
Staff Liaison: Renee Thompson, Sue Green, Terry Stokes
The Administrative Support committee is responsible for prepare, typing and sending monthly meeting minutes, tracking meeting attendance and providing the Committee Chair, County Representative and City Clerk with reports, as well as providing orientation to new committee members.