Rev. Jimmy L. Gates resigns from selection panel for City of Cleveland Community Police Commission
CLEVELAND – Reverend Jimmy L. Gates has resigned from his position on the selection panel for the City of Cleveland Community Police Commission.
He sent a letter to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Friday to announce his resignation.
Tuesday, the mayor and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach introduced an 11-person panel that will be responsible for selecting 10 people to be appointed to the new City of Cleveland Community Police Commission.
U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach responded to Gates’ letter:
“Reverend Gates has made mistakes but he is a man working to turn around his life and the lives of others. His decision today deserves respect and removes yet one more imagined obstacle for those who seek to distract us from the pressing need for reform.”
Gates, who is from Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church served 14 months in a federal prison back in 2009 for taking bribes while assistant chief at the city’s water department. He was also sentenced to seven months of probation in 2012 for some connection to a mortgage scheme, which he denies participating in to this day.
Rev. Gates said he’s ashamed of his mistakes, but it doesn’t define him. “That was yesterday. I’ve turned the page, gotten on with my life, but that’s not to say I’ve forgotten. How could I?”
Read his full letter below: