Director of Charlottesville Police Oversight Board leaving city

Another high-profile vacancy has opened in Charlottesville City Government. Hansel Aguilar has resigned as executive director of the Police Civilian Oversight Board effective October 21. He was appointed to the position last September. 

During his tenure, City Council adopted an updated ordinance that gave a new name to what had been the Police Civilian Review Board, a name that reflected additional powers for the body. 

“The ordinance granted the board more supervision of the Police Department by providing the ability to receive, investigate and issue findings on complaints made by civilians toward the Police Department,” reads a press release

Hansel Aguilar is soon to be the former director of the Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

Brielle Entzminger has a report in today’s C-Ville Weekly about the first evaluation of a case, conducted by Aguilar after the oversight board’s first hearing was canceled. 

The office for the Police Civilian Oversight Board has a budget of $362,677 in the current fiscal year. 

Aguilar will become the Director of Police Accountability in Berkeley, California. He had worked for the Office of Police Complaints but was terminated by Washington D.C. in 2019. He appealed his firing and was initially awarded a reversal but the case was appealed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The case is still pending according to a status report filed on September 21 in the United States Court of the District of Columbia. 

A search will begin for a new executive director.


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