Napoleon Bell, Executive Director of Community Relations Commission, City of Columbus, will deliver a speech on the topic of “Community Relations Commission empowering our communities” on Thursday, February 24, 2011.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Napoleon Bell II attended Columbus Academy through his formative years finishing at Bishop Hartley High School . Mr. Bell attended The Ohio State University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Capital University. After college he worked in management with AT+T and GTE Directories. Later realizing his passion for working with the community, Mr. Bell left management to work with the City of Columbus Department of Safety as a police officer.
For twelve years, Mr. Bell worked as an officer focusing his attention on quelling community disputes. His successful mediation skills resulted in his promotion to the Strategic Response Bureau where for six years he served as a Community Liaison Officer. Mr. Bell was very active in his work with various businesses, block watches, civic associations and Area Commissions. During his tenure, Mr. Bell established the Mid-East Area Collaborative, unifying all the block watches and civic associations on the far east side of Columbus. In May 2005 Mr. Bell joined the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission as Deputy Director his time is dedicated to numerous community issues including but not limited to the New Americans initiative, diversity education/training, civil rights code enforcement and education, and community/police relations. Mr. Bell currently serves on the United Nations Association, ETSS and Crimestoppers Boards. In February, 2009 Mr. Bell was appointed Executive Director of the Commission to continue “Building a Community for All”.