Application and Appointment Process

The 2024 JH Accountability Board Application is now OPEN.

The Community Safety and Strengthening Act, the state law authorizing the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD), specifies that Baltimore’s mayor and City Council president each appoint one community member to the Accountability Board; JHU leadership nominates the remaining 13 members, in consultation with the Baltimore City Council where appropriate, subject to confirmation by the Maryland State Senate.[i] 

University leaders are seeking applicants to join the Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board (JH Accountability Board), which is charged with helping to shape the development and operation of the JHPD. The Board will play a pivotal role in the coming year in advising the university as the JHPD becomes operational.

This cycle, there will be 8 open seats on the Board; one will be filled by appointment from the City Council President; the other 7 will be selected by the University following the recommendations of the Nominating Committee. Those 7 seats include: 1 faculty, 2 staff, and 4 students. 

The deadline to apply is October 9th. Applications can be completed here.

Non-student members must be willing to serve for two years, and student members must be willing to serve for one year.  Student members must be enrolled at the university during the duration of their term. 

Key Steps in the Appointment Process 

  • September 12, 2023 – Application period opens, and applications are posted online and shared with JHU community of neighbors, students, faculty, and staff; 
  • October 9, 2023  – Deadline to apply for the Board; Nominating Committee  begins review and evaluation of applications; 
  • November 2023 – New Board members are nominated by University leadership and announced; 
  • January 2024  – University leadership sends list of University-nominated Accountability Board members to the Maryland State Senate for consideration and confirmation; 
  • 2024 Legislative Session  – Maryland State Senate confirmation hearings. 

Once all members are appointed and confirmed, the new Accountability Board term will begin on June 1, 2024. 

[i] Md. Code Ann., Education § 24-1205(c)(3)-(4).