Board Members

Board members are composed of a member of the public from each of the nine police districts in Baltimore City.  Members of the Board are selected by the Mayor and subject to the advice and consent of the City Council.  Also on the Commission as nonvoting members, are one representative of the Fraternal Order of Police, one representative of the Vanguard Justice Society, the Baltimore City Police Commissioner or the Commissioner's designee, one representative of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU), and one representative of the Baltimore City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The Civilian Review Board meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement: 7 E. Redwood Street, 9th Floor, Baltimore MD, 21202. For more information on the meeting schedule, agenda, etc., please contact 410-396-3151.

The next meeting of the Civilian Review Board will take place on June 29th at 6:00pm at the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement: 7 E. Redwood Street, 9th Floor, Baltimore MD, 21202.


Board Members

Southern district- Vacant

Southeastern district- Blair Thompson, Esq.

Blair Thompson

Blair Thompson is an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Previously, Thompson served as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at the Social Security Administration.  Prior to joining the federal government, Thompson served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City where she represented clients before the District and Circuit Courts.  Just after graduating from law school, Thompson began working in Baltimore in August 2011 as a judicial law clerk to a Maryland Circuit Court Judge in the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.  Thompson has been admitted to the Maryland Bar since December 2011.  While in law school, Thompson served as an intern in the Juvenile Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City, the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, and the Federal Community Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  As a student, Thompson represented individuals seeking unemployment compensation at Philadelphia Legal Assistance and she taught students about their constitutional rights in public schools through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  Before law school, Thompson worked with students in the Philippi township of Cape Town, South Africa as a volunteer with the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP).  Thompson graduated from the Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with honors in 2011, and from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland in 2007.

Eastern district- Vacant

Southwestern district- Dr. Mel Currie

Mel Currie

Mel Currie is a mathematician.  He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1970. After spending three years as an economic analyst with Gulf Oil Corporation and three years teaching mathematics at a public high school in Düsseldorf, Germany, he returned to the United States and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh.  Following seven years as a professor at Auburn University and then the University of Richmond, Dr. Currie joined the National Security Agency (NSA). Among the various positions he held at NSA, he was Chief of the Cryptographic Research and Design Division (The Codemakers).  He was the inaugural recipient of the Crypto-Mathematics Institute’s Leadership Award in 2007 and was elevated to Defense Intelligence Senior Level in 2008. After twenty-five years of service, Dr. Currie received the Director’s Distinguished Service Medal and retired from NSA in 2015.The Curries have resided in Baltimore since 1992.  Their daughter, who is now a married adult, was born in the city. Dr. Currie is currently President of the Dickeyville Community Association.

Western district- Vacant

Northeastern district- Vacant

Northern district- Dr. Bridal Pearson

Bridal Pearson

Bridal Pearson, PhD is the program director and senior lecturer of the graduate program in Human Services Administration at the University of Baltimore in the College of Public Affairs, School of Health & Human Services. He is an award winning professor, receiving the Board of Regents Award in 2014-15. He views himself as a social entrepreneur who engages in actions to empower and transform those who are most marginalized in our society by educating, mentoring, and leading by example while existing as an active agent within his community. He volunteers his time at a number of organizations throughout Baltimore and serves as a thought-partner with two community hubs. 

Central district- Leslie Parker Blyther 

Leslie Parker Blyther

Leslie has been a Baltimore City resident for 26 years, living in the central policing district for 16.  She is tenured Professor at Anne Arundel Community College. Since 2000, she has served as Program Coordinator in the Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute under the School of Business and Law.  She is the Administrative Liaison for the Police Entrance Level Training Academy – preparing to comply with the state audits of 800 objectives. She enjoyed a 31-year career in criminal justice, working in policy and operations compliance with several State of Maryland regulatory and accrediting agencies, including the Maryland Police Training Commission; The Maryland Corrections Training Commission; Maryland Department of Juvenile Services; the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards; and the American Correctional Association. Leslie served on several policy compliance committees including the Anne Arundel Sheriff’s Office; The Anne Arundel County Department of Correctional Facilities; and the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. Ms. Blyther completed her undergraduate studies at Morgan State University in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She earned a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Bowie State University in 1990.

Northwestern district- Fred Jackson