- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has appointed 18 government officials, police officers, religious leaders and community members to a task force charged with recommending ways to improve relations between police and communities.

Kasich announced the task force in December, following a series of police-involved deaths in Ohio and around the country. The task force is expected to conduct forums on community-police relations throughout Ohio and prepare a report by May.

Among the appointees announced Wednesday are former U.S. senator and Ohio Gov. George Voinovich, former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner, Department of Public Safety Director John Born and former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz. Others include city council members, religious leaders and law enforcement officers.

The group’s first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 20 in Cleveland.

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