During its meeting today, the City Commission approved new appointments to the Tallahassee Human Relations Committee (THRC). The commissioners assessed recommendations for the positions made by Mayor John Dailey, as there are currently several vacancies on the committee.
The THRC works alongside the City Commission and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to serve as overseers of race and diversity-related issues. Its bylaws call for the appointment of eleven voting members, with six being at-large and five representing specific groups or organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP and the Tallahassee Urban League. Two ex-officio members are also recommended.
The committee, which was officially established in April 1994, has a long history within the City of Tallahassee. A 1974 lawsuit against the City on the basis of racial discrimination in its hiring practices resulted in the 1982 development of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEO) and the Tallahassee Community Relations Council (TCRC). The THRC was created when the Commission voted to combine the two programs.
In total, Dailey requested the appointment of six individuals, and the reappointment of two.
- Nikki Darling – Term Expiration: September 30, 2023
- Joey Arellano – Term Expiration: September 30, 2022
- Gallop Franklin – Term Expiration: September 30, 2022
- Lolia Fernandez – Term Expiration: September 30, 2023
- Beverly Williams – Term Expiration: September 30, 2022
- Judy Mandrell – Term Expiration: September 30, 2023
- Johnathan H. Grandage – Term Expiration: September 30, 2023
- Jocelyn Fliger – Term Expiration: September 30, 2023
In previous years, the Mayor made direct appointments, although inspection of the committee’s bylaws called for recommendations from the Mayor to be considered by the City Commission.
Appointees will serve either two or three-year terms as a form of staggering the rotation of committee members. All terms are set to end on Sept. 30 of their designated year.