Local Gov Life

Local Gov Life - Racial Equity and Social Justice Episode 09 - A Fireside Chat with Ernie and Joe

Episode Summary

In this fireside chat, our featured guest was Joe Smarro, who co-stars with Ernie Stevens in Jenifer McShane’s Emmy Award winning HBO documentary “Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops.” Joe spoke powerfully about his experience as a Mental Health Peace Officer in the San Antonio Police Department with a consistent theme of seeing every person as a human, from a place of compassion and empathy. Together with our subject matter experts in law enforcement leadership, public policy, and local government, Joe fostered a rich conversation highlighting points as diverse as how to initiate and implement a crisis intervention policing program to the challenges and opportunities around serving citizens with mental health issues to the often unacknowledged mental health needs of police officers. Each panelist offered powerful insights from their respective places of influence, and the conversation was rich and substantial.

Episode Notes

**Note: A  25 minute mini-version of the documentary was show during the webinar. Due to licensing restrictions, that portion of the webinar was edited out of the final recording.


Pat Martel, ICMA West Coast Regional Director  

Introduction by Tammie Simmons-Parker, Executive Assistant to Marc Ott and Executive Office Coordinator


Joe Smarro, CEO of SolutionPoint+

Karen Falks, Deputy Chief, San Antonio Police Department

Dr. Brian Williams – Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia

Sarah Medary, ICMA-CM – City Manager, Eugene, Oregon


Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

PowerPoint Slides presentation that accompanied the October 28 Webinar: Fireside Chat “Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops”