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    City of Ankeny seeking applicants for Human Rights Commission

    Post Date:02/17/2020 11:10 a.m.

    Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz and the City Council are seeking applicants for the newly formed Human Rights Commission. The City of Ankeny Human Rights Commission will consist of five members who will serve three year staggered terms. Appointments shall take into consideration the various racial, religious, cultural and social groups and geographical areas within the City to the extent that as may be practicable and promote good will to minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices.

    The commission’s duties include:

    • Studying the existence, character, causes, and extent of discrimination within the City because of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, ancestry or disability, and to attempt the elimination of such discrimination by education and understanding.
    • Promoting good will among the various racial, religious, and ethnic groups within the City and to minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices.
    • Providing intake assistance for complaints from individuals who may be victims of discriminatory practices and refer such complaints to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for investigation and adjudication.
    • Making recommendations to the City Council for such further legislation concerning discrimination because of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, ancestry or disability as it may deem necessary and desirable. 

    Interested candidates should apply online at or by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 965-6405. Deadline to apply is Feb. 29, 2020. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Mayor and the Department Director overseeing the commission, followed by official appointment by the Mayor/City Council.

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