The purpose of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force is to continually review Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and make specific recommendations to safely and effectively reduce incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimize jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released.
The IPR Task Force meets every other month. IPR Task Force subcommittees meet at various times throughout the month. For up-to-date meeting and agenda information, visit the Task Force Calendar. September 2020 meeting information, including Zoom Webinar participation information.
Meetings are open to the public. Community members who attend may provide public comment on issues related to incarceration prevention and reduction efforts in Whatcom County.
<< For meeting agendas and recordings, select a link in the left navigation menu.
The Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force has 29/30 members.
The 8 members appointed by the County Council include:
Stephen Gockley - Task Force Co-Chair, Health and Social Services
Greg Winter, Health and Social Services
Byron Manering, Health and Social Services
Moonwater, Health and Social Services
Jack Hovenier - Task Force Co-Chair, Consumer of services or family member of consumer
Deborah Hawley, Consumer of services or family member of consumer
Heather Flaherty, Concerned citizen
Arlene Feld, Concerned citizen
In addition, 22 permanent members include:
Tyler Schroeder, County Deputy Executive
Barry Buchanan, County Councilmember
Bill Elfo, County Sheriff/Jail Administrator
Eric Richey, Prosecuting Attorney
Maia Vanyo, Chief Deputy Public Defender
Deborra Garrett, Superior Court Judge
Dave Reynolds, Juvenile Court Administrator/Superior Court Clerk
Bruce Van Glubt, District Court Administrator
Anne Deacon, Health Department, Human Services Division Manager
Daniel Hammill, Bellingham City Council Member
Seth Fleetwood, Bellingham Mayor
David Doll, Bellingham Police Chief
Darlene Peterson, Bellingham Municipal Court Clerk
Scott Korthuis, Lynden City Mayor
To be determined, Small City Council Member
Kevin Turner, Small City Police Chief
Raylene King, Blaine Court Administrator, Small Cities Municipal Court representative
Travis Brockie, Lummi Business Council Member
Undesignated, Nooksack Tribe
Undesignated,Peace Health St. Joseph's Medical Center representative
Mike Hilley, Whatcom County EMS Manager, Emergency medical services (EMS) representative
Eric Petersen, Representative of the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections