Public Safety Committee


Regular meetings of the Public Safety Committee take place the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6 PM in Arcata City Hall’s Council Chamber, located at 736 F Street.  Additional meetings will take place at the call of the Committee Chair.

Agendas & Archives

Updated meeting agendas and agenda archives for this committee can be found here


  • Anjali Browning, term expires in 2023
  • Andrew Campbell, term expires in 2024
  • Lettie Dyer, term expires in 2024
  • Fred Johansen, term expires in 2022
  • David Pate, term expires in 2024
  • Melissa Lazon, term expires in 2023
  • Jesse Lopez, term expires in 2022
  • Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn, City Staff Liaison


The Arcata City Council created the Public Safety Task Force on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to provide a platform for the community to come together in order to better understand current public safety concerns. The Task Force also served in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City staff on matters pertaining to public safety.

Members of the Task Force were charged with preparing recommendations to be considered and utilized by the City to increase public safety and partnerships within the community to develop stronger neighborhoods, schools and business districts.

The Public Safety Task Force completed their duties on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Upon hearing the Task Force’s recommendations, the Arcata City Council decided to create a Public Safety Committee to continue this important work.

A copy of the Public Safety Task Force’s final report delivered to City Council on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 can be found here.


The Public Safety Committee was established by the adoption of Ordinance Number 1505, that went into effect on Friday, June 15, 2018. 

The Public Safety Committee’s primary focus is to provide a public forum for the City of Arcata, the Arcata Police Department and community members to share their public safety concerns and identify potential solutions. Committee members will research and evaluate crime trends and identify the highest risks to public safety. Committee members will also make recommendations to the City Council, City Commissions and City staff regarding threats to public safety, crime reduction and prevention strategies based on their research and community outreach.