FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2020
New Member Appointed to the Police Commission
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Donald Mapes to the City of Kingston Police Commission.
Donald Mapes, Jr. has been a resident of Kingston for 64 years. He coached junior league football from 1991-2008, and Biddy league Basketball from 1991-1995. Mapes served on the Kingston CDGB Board from 1994-2000 and the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2014-2017. He travels to South Africa, Jamaica, and Haiti leading ministry teams, building homes and churches, and starting orphanages. Mapes is the Director of Education at the Savona V. Roberts Christian Education Academy, where he and his wife Kim Mapes are also instructors.
“As a long-time resident of Kingston, I’ve been concerned about the conditions and relationship between the community and our police. I want to be a voice that brings peace and harmony, to speak objectively, and to bring a common unity to all,” said Mapes. “As a commissioner, I will work toward solutions that will help the community strive and grow.”
“I am pleased to appoint Pastor Mapes to the Kingston Police Commission,” said Mayor Noble. “Don has been an integral part of our community, and has served as a liaison between the Kingston Police Department and the Black community. The forums that he created to address issues of policing and trust have helped heal a divide, and I look forward to his continued service to City of Kingston in his capacity as Police Commissioner.”
Mapes is filling a vacancy and his term will expire on May 31, 2022.
The next Police Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00pm. This meeting will be live-streamed on the City of Kingston YouTube channel, and the public may also dial in by phone: 866 899 4679 with access code 840-322-789. To sign up for public speaking at the Police Commission meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday.