On September 29, 2020, the City Council passed Ordinance #3-20/21 enacting the Human Rights Commission.   This ordinance goes into effect on October 20, 2020.

 

This commission is currently seeking members, which will be appointed by members of the City Council.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please fill out an application.

 

Membership
There shall initially be thirteen (13) members of the Commission, nine (9) of whom shall be voting members and four (4) of whom shall be ex-officio, non-voting members.  A quorum shall consist of at least six (6) voting members.

Ravi Koil District One Councilor Morgan 10/06/2021
Colleen Jones-Turner District Two Councilor Lewis 10/06/2021
Pedro Vazquez District Three Councilor Pride 10/06/2021
Erick Giles District Four Councilor Caricchio 10/06/2022
Alma Ogweta District Five Councilor Dhalac 10/06/2022
Margaret Brownlee At-Large Councilor Bruzgo  10/06/2022
Adele Edelman At-Large Councilor Henderson  10/06/2023
Jill Barkley Roy Resident City Council

 

10/06/2023

VACANT Youth Representative City Council  1 year term
Police Department Non-Voting City Manager Annual Appointment
Planning Department Non-Voting City Manager Annual Appointment
Human Resources Department Non-Voting City Manager                                    Annual Appointment
School Department       Non-Voting    City Manager             Annual Appointment

 

 

(a) Voting members. The nine voting members shall be appointed by the City Council, with one nominated by each of the five district Councilors from within their respective voting districts, and two nominated by each of the two at-large Councilors from any of the five voting districts. The remaining two voting members shall be appointed by the City Council from a list of interested applicants, one of whom must be a youth representative (age 16-22) who shall serve a one-year term. All voting members shall be South Portland residents.

With the exception of the youth representative member, the voting members of the Commission shall serve in staggered, three-year terms as follows:

  • Districts 1, 2, & 3: Beginning in 2020 for a one-year term, with three-year terms to follow beginning in 2021.
  • Districts 4, 5, and one Councilor-nominated At-Large: Beginning in 2020 for a two-year term, with three-year terms to follow beginning in 2022.
  • Councilor-nominated At-Large (1) and general At-Large (1): Beginning in 2020 for a three-year term, with three-year terms to follow beginning in 2023.

With the exception of the youth representative member, no person shall serve as a voting member for more than two consecutive three-year terms. Individuals from Districts 1 – 5 and the one at-large initially appointed to the Commission for a one- or two-year term as outlined above may serve for two consecutive three-year terms after their initial appointment of one or two years. Individuals appointed to serve the remainder of a term due to a vacancy in office may also serve for two consecutive three-year terms after their initial appointment to fill such a vacancy.

(b) Ex-officio, non-voting members. Four (4) of the Commission members shall be ex-officio (non-voting) members. Each of the following departments, in consultation with the City Manager, shall annually select a representative to serve in this capacity on the Commission: Police Department, Planning Department, Human Resources Department, and School Department. A Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, if such a position is so created by the City, shall also serve as a fifth ex-officio member of the Commission and thereby increase the membership of the Commission to fourteen (14) members.

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

File Name Date Added File Size
SPHRC Agenda 11-4-20.pdf 10/28/2020 74.98 KB
ORDINANCE #03 - HRC.pdf 9/30/2020 235.24 KB