Nigerian-born Ejike Edward Okpa II has been elected as a member of the Dallas Police Oversight Board by a landslide.
Okpa, who is a member of the Republican Party and a commercial real estate developer, was elected by 12-3 votes.
Okpa once ran for mayor of Dallas and has been a prominent stakeholder in the business community of the city.
He has also been a consistent analyst on serious global issues.
Reacting to the development, Okpa wrote: “Am pleased to share my appointment to Community Police Oversight Board, by a vote of 12-to-3 by the City Council Wednesday August 5th.
I look forward to serving in this role.
As a long time Dallas resident for 33-yrs and a real estate practitioner, I recognized the need to be informed/rounded on issues that impact my city. Along that line in 1998, I graduated from Dallas Police Citizens Academy and in 2003, graduated from Dallas FBI Citizens Academy – because I wanted to under law enforcement role to protect and preserve while dealing with difficult challenges and situations. As a foreign born, I invest in understanding various aspects of American society whose role impacts life. In 2018, I participated on Law and Order Out of Order at Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado, to further my understanding on police and their issues.
This appointment will afford me opportunity to serve my dear city Dallas and add content to the issues.
Our democracy is stronger when we serve to make things better.
Am not about fame and popularity but service to others. Human beings make the difference – positively, and I want to be among that cadre of people.”