Commissioners

Council Bill 1-1972, established the Commission and mandated appointment of thirteen (13) Commissioners and an Executive Director to the Human Relations Commission.

 

The thirteen (13) Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council for three year terms.

 
Chairperson  
Nichele Vaughan
Term Expires
June 30, 2014

Vice Chairperson
Merrill Smith ​Jr.
Term Expires
June 30, 2015 

Secretary
Nora Eidelman
Term Expires
June 30, 2014

Eric Jackson
Term Expires
June 30, 2015
 

Eugene Langbehn
Term Expires
June 30, 2013
 Gail Heath
Term Expires
June 30, 2014

Gerald Folsom​
Term Expires
June 30, 2015
​ ​
Walakewon Blegay
Term Expires
June 30, 2014

Katrina Burson
Term Expires
June 30, 2016​
 Troy Lowe
Term Expires
June 30, 2015
 Janelle Johnson
Term Expires
June 30, 2016 
 Walter Howell, Jr.
Term Expires
June 30, 2016

​Seth Zirkle
Term Expires
June 30, 2017

An Executive Director is also appointed by the County Executive to be staff to the Commissioners and to assist them by investigating and processing cases to be heard for final determination via a public hearing, where evidence is gathered by a Hearing Panel and a decision made as to whether a violation of the applicable federal or county civil rights laws has occurred. The Commission may award damages, issue subpoenas and order injunctive relief.

 

Commissioners and the Executive Director also make appearances throughout the County to meet with residents, municipalities, companies and community groups to promote the agency and its services.​​​​​​​

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