Civil Rights Commission

Regular Meetings

  • Meetings shall be held at the call of the chairperson.
Description

The Civil Rights Commission was created on June 16, 2015 by Ordinance 5781.

The basic function of the commission is to ensure uniform nondiscrimination protections within the City of Fayetteville for groups already protected to varying degrees throughout state law. Fayetteville is a welcoming, fair and tolerant city which endeavors to ensure that all of its citizens and visitors will be free from unfair discrimination. Since Federal and State law already protect citizens from most discrimination, the Uniform Civil Rights Protection Article shall extend existing protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and visitors as recognized elsewhere in state law.

The Civil Rights Commission shall review and decide complaints of alleged discrimination in violation of the Uniform Civil Rights Protection Article. The Commission will provide to the City Council an annual accounting of the number of complaints received and the outcomes.

Terms

Staggered three-year terms.

Terms

The Commission consists of seven members.

  • Two (2) representatives of the business community;
  • Two (2) owners or managers of rental property;
  • One (1) representative with experience in Human Resources or employment law;
  • Two (2) citizens at large, at least one of whom identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
Appointment

Vacancies on the Commission shall be filled by the City Council.

Public Notification

A weekly meetings list is prepared by the Office of the City Clerk Treasurer which is distributed to the press and posted on the home page.

Members

  • Business Community
    Charles Watson
    11 East Davidson Street
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    479-466-7590
    1/03/17-12/31/19
  • Business Community
    D'Andre Jones
    1238 51st Avenue
    Fayetteville, AR 72704
    479-283-9152
    11/09/15-12/31/18
  • Owner or Manager of Rental Property
    Teresa Turk
    1408 West Cleveland Street
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    206-713-2265
    11/09/15-12/31/18
  • Owner or Manager of Rental Property
    John Pesek
    2481 North Worthington Way
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
    479-287-0029
    01/01/18-12/31/20
  • Human Resources/Employment Law
    Danielle L. Williams
    4206 West Gascony Place
    Fayetteville, AR 72704
    479-442-0788
    01/01/18-12/31/20
  • Citizen at Large
    Benjamin Garner Harrison, IV
    3532 Whippoorwill Ct.
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    479-409-9883
    11/09/15-12/31/18
  • Citizen at Large
    Chris Christoffel
    1510 East Overcrest Street
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
    479-756-8444
    11/09/15-12/31/19