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The Columbus Human Rights Commission accepts applications year-round regardless of Commissioner vacancies. Each appointment is for a term of three (3) years, unless a Commissioner resigns or dies. Appointments to the Commission are made by City Council. The role of Commissioners is to abide by the anti-discrimination ordinance, maintain confidentiality, and professionalism, educate the community about the Human Rights Commission, and participate in public hearings.
Residents interested in serving as a Commissioner should complete the application or via PDF.
Commissioners Claudia Sanchez Davila & Sondra Bolte with Mayor Lienhoop during their swearing-in ceremony in 2019.
Former Commissioner Wan Baba & Commissioner Greg Lewis at the 2019 Human Rights Commission Annual Dinner.
Human Rights Commissioner Richard Gold addresses guests at the 2016 Human Rights Commission Annual Dinner.
The City established the Community Police Review Board (“CPRB”) in an effort to foster transparency, gain community trust and respond to the needs of residents as they relate to the Columbus Police Department. The Columbus Human Rights Commission provides technical assistance and the Board of Public Works and Safety is the administrative body that oversees the process.
CPRB Chairperson, Ric King
The purpose and aim of the Board are to:
Provide a systematic means by which to achieve continuous improvement in police community interactions;
Provide an independent process for review and appeal of formal citizen complaints;
Add a citizen perspective to the evaluation of these formal complaints;
Contribute to timely, fair, and objective review of formal citizen complaints;
Provide fair and equal treatment to both community members and police officers.
Questions? Review the CPRB Resolution before applying.
Residents interested in serving on the Community Police Review Board should complete the application or via PDF.