McKinney mayor considering forming diversity council, community task force

McKinney City Council
McKinney City Council will be engaged in and a driving force behind a potential citizen's diversity task force. (Screenshot by Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney City Council will be engaged in and a driving force behind a potential citizen's diversity task force. (Screenshot by Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney Mayor George Fuller is looking into assembling a mayor’s advisory council and a citizens diversity council to help better serve the city’s entire population.

Currently, the McKinney Police Department has a Police Chief’s Advisory Council, which meets about once a month for most of the year. This council is composed of minority members of the community and serve as an advisory council to the police chief, McKinney PD Chief Greg Conley said during a June 10 virtual town hall with the Collin County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The chief’s council looks at policies and procedures under the scope of ensuring officers are doing the right things and connecting with the community, he said.

“They've been very close counselors to me over these years, and in many ways, they're responsible for many of the changes that we've been able to push forward and move forward in the department,” Conley said in the town hall.

Fuller said his goal is to adopt a similar council structure for the mayor’s advisory council. The criteria for his council is to select people whose goal would be to have a unified, diverse community and who are community-centered, he said. This group would provide a perspective from the minority communities in the city, Fuller said.


“My criteria will be, ‘Who's engaged in the community, and who do I feel has got the community as their No. 1 priority?’” Fuller said.

The community diversity task force is an initiative that will have to be council-driven, Fuller said. City Council should be engaged in the process of selecting members of the task force, as they are elected by the community and can reflect their selection, he said.

Discussions are still taking place regarding both of these groups, Fuller said. He encouraged people to come to City Council meetings and be involved to learn more about how the city is working to engage all members of the community.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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