Human Relations Commission

It is the Policy of the City of DeKalb that discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, matriculation or sexual orientation is hereby prohibited. 

Overview/Mission of the Human Relations Commission

To foster a community that respects and supports the diversity and dignity of all people and promotes building strong relationships between its diverse citizens, groups, and organizations.


The Human Relations Commission regularly meets every other month at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Second Floor Training Room at the DeKalb Police Department located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway.

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Primary Duties

  1. Provide education and outreach programs to educate the community, equalize opportunities, eliminate discrimination and promote good will among all persons.
  2. Advise the City and departments on issues of policy that relate to human relations and discrimination; and make recommendations of policy to the City to address, redress, prevent or discourage acts of discrimination. 
  3. Invite and enlist the cooperation of any citizen, organization or committee which can assist in fulfilling the duties of the Human Relations Commission.  
  4. Provide information on and referral to agencies responsible for investigation or prosecution of alleged incidents of discrimination or violation of human rights such as the Office of Civil Rights, EEOC, Housing Authority or any other state or federal agencies. 


The Human Relations Commission shall have seven (7) Commissioners appointed by the Mayor with consent from the City Council. Terms equal three (3) years.

Commission Members

  • Andre Powell - Chair
  • Nadine Franklin
  • Joe Gastiger
  • Norden Gilbert
  • Lisa King
  • JJ Wett

Related Municipal Code

See Municipal Code Chapter 49 (PDF) for more information.

Staff Liaison

  1. Scott Zak
    Management Analyst