Human Rights Commission

Meetings


  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of each month
  • Public Safety Building

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members

Name Term Start
Term Expiration
Jan Derry, Chair
October 2, 2012
June 30, 2017
Marlene Savino, Vice Chair
July 19, 2016
June 30, 2018
Dave Bott, Administration Representative

Indefinite
Kristen Cooper
August 4, 2015
June 30, 2017
Tim Hairston, State HRC Representative

Indefinite
Matthew Miller
July 19, 2016
June 30, 2018
Billie Murray
October 2, 2012
June 30, 2017
David Saville
July 19, 2016
June 30, 2018
Judith Wilkinson
July 19, 2016
June 30, 2018
     

Membership


Appointments of to the Commission are made by City Council, and all must be residents of the City. All seats are non-ward specific. Upon formation in October 2012, terms are to be staggered: 4 shall serve two-year terms, 3 shall serve one-year terms in the first year. Thereafter, all terms will be staggered two-year terms. All new appointments and reappointments will need to be interviewed at the end of their term.

About the Commission


Morgantown City Council first established a Human Rights Commission in 2001. The work of the Commission was redirected and reactivated in 2012 following National League of Cities designation of Morgantown as an "Inclusive City" in 2006 and collaborative work of an Inclusive City Committee thereafter.

Purpose


The purpose of the Human Rights Commission is to provide leadership for addressing community interaction and fairness concerns. It works to ensure that the City is not only providing services, but maintaining ways in which a community can live together inclusively, functionally, and justly despite differences, complexities, and conflicts. The Commission focuses on stewardship and service, but also on the quality of community life and the protection of the community from preventable unfair damage to the lives of individual citizens and families.

Marriage Equality & Nondiscrimination


Morgantown Human Rights Commission showed extraordinary leadership advocating for the fair and equal treatment for LGBT West Virginians earlier in 2015 when the members of the Commission unanimously passed resolutions in support of marriage equality and nondiscrimination. Every single member of the Morgantown City Council unanimously endorsed both resolutions.

Additional Endorsements


The City Council also endorsed both a "Welcome Statement (PDF)" and a "Resolution Supporting the Rights of Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees (PDF)" in May of 2017.