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Ames Human Relations Commission

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The Ames Human Relations Commission's (AHRC) jurisdiction covers discriminatory actions against a person because of 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.

* * * * *Appointment Book

  • Humanitarian Award Application
    • This award recognizes a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, especially in efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and equity. Recipients are presented with the award during the community Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held annually in January. Applications are due by December 15th each year. To fill the application out electronically, save it to your computer first, then open it and complete the application.
  • A Home for Everyone Award Application
    • This award recognizes and honors an individual or organization that has made an exemplary commitment to providing safe, quality, and equitable housing opportunities that enhance the quality of life of members of disadvantaged populations. The selected individual or organization will be recognized during Fair Housing Month. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must provide housing in the City of Ames. Applications are due by the third Wednesday of March each year. To fill the application out electronically, save it to your computer first, then open it and complete the application.


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.

Liming Pals
Joel Hochstein
Wayne Clinton

Brian Phillips, City Staff

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. 
No meetings.


Filing a Complaint

If you feel that you have been discriminated against, you may file a discrimination complaint.

AHRC refers complaints to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  You may contact the City Manager's Office at (515) 239-5101 for assistance and/or file a complaint using the Complaint Forms. *NOTE:  Be sure to save the form to your computer before filling it in.

Once the forms are complete, return them to the City Manager's Office at 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, IA 50010. Your complaint will be submitted to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for investigation. As an alternative, you may contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission directly with your complaint or questions at:

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319-0201
Phone: (515) 281-4121, (800) 457-4416

FAX: (515) 242-5840

This link outlines what you can expect to happen once a complaint has been filed.

You may also want to refer to Chapter 14 of the Ames Municipal Code.

LGBTQ Liaisons

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


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