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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 12, 1995

The President today announced his intent to appoint six members to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. The Commission will be composed of ten individuals, four of whom will be announced at a later date.

Lee Fisher of Ohio to serve as Chair, currently practices law with the Cleveland firm of Hahn Loeser and Parks. He served as Ohio Attorney General from 1991-1995 and received national acclaim for forming unique partnerships with local law enforcement and citizens to fight violent crime. His "Operation Crackdown" program to close drug houses received the national Innovation Award from the Council of State and Local Governments. His "Operation Windfall" program was the largest sting operation of its kind in the country, luring fugitive felons. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and on the American Bar Association Task Force on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. Attorney General Fisher served for ten years in the Ohio Legislature where he was voted "Legislator of the Year" by a number of law enforcement and child advocacy organizations. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve Law School.

Dennis Wayne Archer of Michigan to serve as a Member, is the Mayor of the City of Detroit. In the past, Mayor Archer has served as Associate Justice to the Michigan Supreme Court, an Associate Professor at Detroit College of Law, and an adjunct Professor at Wayne State University Law School. He is currently a member of the United States Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of Black Mayors, and the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee of the United States Trade Representative. Mayor Archer received his B.S. from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from Detroit College of Law.

Paul Helmke of Indiana to serve as a Member, is the Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mayor Helmke previously practiced law in Fort Wayne and served as an Assistant Allen County Attorney. He is Chair of the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy Committee for the National League of Cities, second Vice-President of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and Past-President of both the National Conference of Republican Mayors and Local Officials and the Indiana Republican Mayors' Association. He is a graduate of Indiana University and received his J.D. from the School of Law at Yale University.

Deborah Prothrow-Stith of Massachusetts to serve as a Member, is a Professor of Public Health Practice and Assistant Dean of Government and Community Programs for the Harvard School for Public Health. Dr. Prothrow-Stith also served the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1989. She is currently directing a number of projects whose goals are to identify and prevent community- and school-based violence. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Andrew J. Shookhoff of Tennessee to serve as a Member, is the Juvenile Court Judge for Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County. Judge Shookhoff serves on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He has served on the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Council and is Vice-Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee. He served on the faculty of Vanderbilt Law School for ten years before being elected Judge in 1990. Judge Shookhoff received his B.A. from Bard College, his Master's from Central Washington State University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Esta Soler of California to serve as a Member, is Founder and Executive Director of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, a national organization working to develop innovative responses to the epidemic of domestic violence. Ms. Soler is the former Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the City and County of San Francisco and a recipient of a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship.

The National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control was created to develop a comprehensive proposal, including the cost of implementation, for preventing and controlling crime and violence in the United States. The Commission will submit a detailed report to the Congress and the President containing its findings and recommendations two years after the Commission is fully constituted.