The Ames Human Relations Commission's (AHRC) jurisdiction covers discriminatory actions against a person because of his or her race, ethnicity, national origin, color, creed, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, physical disability, age (employment and credit only), familial status (presence of children, for housing only), marital status (credit only), or developmental disability (not applicable to credit).
Generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
- Email the commission at HumanRelations@city.ames.ia.us
|The commission issues reports, conducts educational activities, and participates in and/or sponsors community events that promote good will among various racial, religious, and ethnic groups and minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices. Prepares and submits annual report to Council. Receives, investigates, and determines the merits of discrimination complaints.||
|INVESTIGATIVE & CONCILIATION OFFICERS||Members shall serve as staff to the Human Relations Commission.
Commission conducts initial investigation of complaints regarding discriminatory practices.
Meetings are scheduled when necessary.
|HEARING OFFICERS||Persons appointed must be educated in the law. Commission conducts hearings to determine probable cause upon complaints filed with the Human Relations Commission.
Human Relations Complaint Form
If you feel that you have been discriminated against in Ames, you may file a discrimination complaint with the following agencies:
- Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC)
You may contact the City Manager's Office at 515.239.5101 and/ or file a human relations complaint using the Human Relations Complaint Form updated 2016. You may also want to refer to Chapter 14 of the Ames Municipal Code. *NOTE: Be sure and save the form to your computer before filling it in.
- For discrimination issues outside of Ames, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
Any person who has LGBTQ-related concerns or questions may contact the following City staff:
- Brian Phillips, Assistant City Manager - 515.239.5101
- Lorrie Hanson, Secretary I - 515.239.5137
Resolution Reaffirming the Public Safety Function of Local Law Enforcement for the City of Ames
The Ames City Council adopted a resolution reaffirming the public safety function of local law enforcement at its June 27th, 2017 meeting. View the resolution here