NHC Human Relations Commission has been repealed

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Commissioners voted Monday to close the county's Human Relations Commission.

In March, officials decided to shut down the Human Relations Department as part of budget cuts.  The department will close effective June 30.

Because the department was paid staff to the commission, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners decided to repeal the ordinance creating it.

According to Mark Boyer, the commission was a group of volunteers who were appointed by the county and each  municipality.  He said part of the thought process behind the decision included the question: why have the commission without a department?

Some people are concerned with the closure of the department and commission, because the department handled claims of sexual harassment and racism.

"We have many representations here, and I feel very strongly that those people should have a recourse in some way," said Lethia Hankins a former Wilmington City Council Member.

According to county officials, beginning in July, people with concerns will be given a 1-800 number to report complaints to federal offices in Raleigh or Charlotte.

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