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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced new leadership for the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Monique Williams will join OSHN as its new director, coming from the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences, where she directs the Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. Retired Louisville Metro Police officer and a founding pastor of Spirit Filled New Life Church Ministries, Bishop Steven Kelsey, will be the office’s new faith-based liaison.
OSHN was established in 2013 in response to a triple homicide the preceding year.
Fischer said the work of OSHN is more critical than ever as the Metro “contend[s] with multiple crises unfolding in our city and across the country”: the global pandemic, economic hardships and calls for racial equity and justice for Black people killed by police.
“We also have to address the horrifying increase in homicides that we’re seeing in our city… We have to take action to prevent more senseless deaths… We cannot arrest our way to a solution,” he said. “We have to find ways to reverse these trends, and we need dedicated and visionary leaders to do that.”
Williams said she wants …
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