Mayor Appoints Vaughn to Lead Police Advisory and Review Committee

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Mayor Rogero Appoints Clarence L. Vaughn III to Lead Police Advisory and Review Committee

Posted: 04/29/2016
Clarence Vaughn IIIMayor Madeline Rogero has named Clarence L. Vaughn III as the new Executive Director of the Police Advisory and Review Committee, which reviews citizen complaints and Internal Affairs reports involving the Knoxville Police Department. 

Vaughn, who has an MBA from Syracuse University in Organizational Management and a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M, has worked in banking and business consulting since 2007. He also volunteered with a range of community organizations including the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission and Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals. 

Mayor Rogero said Vaughn stood out because of his knowledge of civilian oversight; his experience working with and advocating for community groups and individuals; and his investigative experience gained from serving in various positions within the banking industry.
 
“Clarence combines community engagement and knowledge with the skills required to conduct thorough, independent reviews of complicated incidents and issues,” Mayor Rogero said. “PARC serves a vital role in maintaining community trust in our law enforcement efforts. Clarence will be a diligent and fair-minded advocate for accountability and transparency.”

He will begin his position with PARC on Monday, May 9.

Vaughn grew up in Florida and moved to the Knoxville area 11 years ago. He has worked as Vice President of DRC Consulting, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for US Bank, Assistant Vice President for Sun Trust and Senior Credit Manager for Wells Fargo. His wife, Syreeta, is a native Knoxvillian. They have two daughters.

PARC was created in 1998, and is independent from the Police Department. The PARC Executive Director investigates complaints filed directly by citizens, and also reviews the conclusions of all KPD Internal Affairs investigations. PARC holds quarterly meetings to gather citizen input on police conduct and produces an annual report.

In 2015, PARC received, investigated and documented 94 new complaints made by citizens alleging misconduct and/or policy violation by KPD officers. You can read its annual report online at www.knoxvilletn.gov/PARC.