Human Relations Commission

The Troy Human Relations Commission was first established in 1982, to address various concerns faced by Troy’s minority and majority groups. It will be revived in 2020 to address concerns from Troy citizens.

Governing Law: The Human Relations Commission is established by Chapter 135 of the Troy Codified Ordinances. Chapter 135 states that the Commission is intended to:

  • (a) To study the problems of inter-group relationships, including but not limited to those relationships which involve age, race, physical or mental handicaps, poverty or sex as a basis for distinction, within the City and advise and cooperate with the Mayor, Council, the Service and Safety Director and all other City agencies, boards and officials with respect to any such problems. 
  • (b) To enlist the cooperation of all racial, religious, ethnic, educational, community, civic, labor, fraternal and benevolent groups, associations and societies and all constructive community forces and talents necessary to combat misunderstanding, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry in inter-group relationships. 
  • (c) To cooperate with federal, State and City agencies, the Board of Education and the parochial schools in formulating and developing courses of education to combat misunderstanding, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry in inter-group relationships. 
  • (d) To receive and investigate complaints, including but not limited to, the following categories: age discrimination, handicapped discrimination, poverty discrimination, racial discrimination, and sex discrimination. To initiate and conduct surveys concerning the foregoing categories. To confer with any and all groups, hold hearings, make investigations and assemble pertinent data concerning the foregoing categories. 
  • (e) To endeavor by persuasion and education, to induce public and private employers, labor and professional organizations and employment agencies to institute nondiscriminatory practices in employment, union membership, promotion, wages, working conditions, lay-offs, job opportunities and housing and public accommodations.

Membership and Terms: The Commission consists of six to fifteen members broadly representing the racial, religious and ethnic groups within the City. Of the members initially appointed, one-third shall be appointed for one year, one-third for two years and one-third for three years, creating staggered terms. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for three years.

Appointment: Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council.

Members



Term Began:Term:Phone:Contact:
Sharrie Brown2020One Year937-941-7934Email
Kane Feltner2020One Year937-657-5724Email
David Fong2020One Year937-216-0743Email
Sonia Holycross2020Two Years937-216-1770Email
Jon Keller2020Two Years937-417-0675Email
Marvin Majors, Sr.2020Three Years859-312-7328Email
Loretta Phillips2020Three Years937-339-1387Email
Todd Severt2020Three Years937-238-9822Email


Committees

Community Relations Advisory Committee

Email the Community Relations Advisory Committee

To study the problems of inter-group relationships, including but not limited to those relationships which involve age, race, physical or mental handicaps, poverty or sex as a basis for distinction, within the City and advise and cooperate with the Mayor, Council, the Service and Safety Director and all other City agencies, boards and officials with respect to any such problems.

To enlist the cooperation of all racial, religious, ethnic, educational, community, civic, labor, fraternal and benevolent groups, associations and societies and all constructive community forces and talents necessary to combat misunderstanding, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry in inter-group relationships. 

Members: Sonia Holycross, Jon Keller, Marvin Major Sr., Loretta Phillips, Todd Severt

Education and Employment Challenges Committee

Email the Education and Outreach Committee

To cooperate with federal, State and City agencies, the Board of Education and the parochial schools in formulating and developing courses of education to combat misunderstanding, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry in inter-group relationships. 

To endeavor by persuasion and education, to induce public and private employers, labor and professional organizations and employment agencies to institute nondiscriminatory practices in employment, union membership, promotion, wages, working conditions, lay-offs, job opportunities and housing and public accommodations.

Members: Sharrie Brown, Kane Feltner, David Fong, Sonia Holycross, Marvin Major, Loretta Phillips, Todd Severt, Kenny Block (ad hoc)

Committee of the Whole

Email the Committee of the Whole

To receive and investigate complaints, including but not limited to, the following categories: age discrimination, handicapped discrimination, poverty discrimination, racial discrimination, and sex discrimination. To initiate and conduct surveys concerning the foregoing categories. To confer with any and all groups, hold hearings, make investigations and assemble pertinent data concerning the foregoing categories. 

Members: Sharrie Brown, Kane Feltner, David Fong, Sonia Holycross, Jon Keller, Marvin Major Sr., Loretta Phillips, Todd Severt