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Local Human Rights Commissions in Kentucky

Kentucky has a growing network of local human rights commissions. These partners promote peace, mutual respect, understanding, and quality of life in their regions.

They provide a local presence and face-to-face contact necessary to individuals and communities in order to uphold security in an increasingly growing Commonwealth.

Local commissions assist by forwarding discrimination complaints to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. A few have local anti-discrimination ordinances that allow them to enforce these laws on a local level. The commissions hold education and outreach events to promote and highlight civil rights and equality.

Local human rights commissions are vital to Kentucky and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Their assistance helps the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights provide a community presence in the 120 counties of the state.

Local Human Rights Commissions


Bowling Green Human Rights Commission 
Alice Waddell, Executive Director
491 Double Spring Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101-5185

(270) 782-7900
(270) 782-7320 fax
bghrc@insightbb.com  e-mail


Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Human Relations Commission
Carolyn Miller Cooper, Executive Director
410 W. Chestnut Street, Ste. 300A
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-3631
(502) 574-1216 fax
hrc@louisvilleky.gov e-mail

Rev. Clay Calloway, Chair

Henderson-Henderson County Human Rights Commission
Jeffrey Gregory, Executive Director
P.O. Box 716
Henderson, KY 42420
(270) 831-1200, ext 273
(270) 831-1206 fax
hendersonhrc@yahoo.com e-mail

Darlene Ware, Chair

Mayfield Human Rights Commission
Chris Kendrick, Director
112 Arbor Ridge Drive
Mayfield, KY 42067

(270) 247-8237
chris.kendrick55@yahoo.com  e-mail

Henry Blythe, Chair

Mercer County Human Rights Commission
(Serving Harrodsburg, Burgin, and Mercer County)

P.O. Box 468

Harrodsburg, KY 40330

859-734-2383 Ext 102


Office hours

Mondays 9-12


Vacant Position, Chair


Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission
Bernard Standard, Executive Director
P.O. Box 707
Hopkinsville, KY 42241-0707
(270) 887-4010
(270) 885-0018 fax
bstandard@hopkinsvilleky.us e-mail

Markeeta O. Wilkerson, Chair

Owensboro Human Relations Commission
Sylvia Coleman,  Executive Director
1650 West Second Street
P.O. Box 10003
Owensboro, KY 42302-0003
(270) 687-8670
(270) 687-8672 fax

Rev. Elias Brooks, Chair

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission
Ray Sexton, Interim Executive Director
Ms. Biby Tinajero, Chair

162 East Main Street, Ste. 226
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 252-0071
(859) 252-7057 fax
wwharton@lfuchrc.org e-mail
he Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the fifth floor conference room of the Lexington-Fayette Government Center, 200 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507




Paducah Human Rights Commission
Executive Director: Vacant
Chairwoman: Rev. Dr. Bernice Belt.  bbelt@paducahky.gov
Secretary:  HRSecretary@ci.paducah.ky.us
P.O. Box 247
Paducah, KY 42001

(270) 444-8644
(270) 444-8680 fax


Shelby County Human Rights Commission
(Serving Simpsonville, Shelbyville and Shelby County)
Gary L. Walls, Chair
P. O. Box 577
Shelbyville, KY 40066-0577

Phone: (502) 655-0424

Ashland Human Rights Commission
Carol Jackson, Chair
P.O. Box 64
Ashland, KY 41105
(606) 329-8845
(606) 923-9544 cell
The Ashland Human Rights Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month on the seventh floor of the Community Trust Bank Building, 1544 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

Maysville Human Rights Commission
Jack Hussey, Chair
Susan Brammer, Maysville City Attorney
City of Maysville
215 Court Street
Maysville, KY 41056
(606) 759-7632

Bardstown-Nelson Co. Human Rights Commission
Kathy Reed, Chair
P. O. Box 211
Bardstown, KY 40004-0211
(502) 348-5310
(502) 349-6450 fax


Berea Human Rights Commission
Mae Suramek, Contact Person


Midway, Versailles & Woodford County Human Rights Commission
Sylvester Howard, Chair
P.O. Box 101
Versailles, KY 40383
(859) 396-1463 Cell

Covington Human Rights Commission
Rev. Charles Fann, Chair
Vice-Chair, Mr. Maher Sarieh, mjsarieh@twc.com
638 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011
(513) 706-8275
(859) 360-6691
The Covington Human Rights Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Fourth Floor Economic Development Meeting Room at Covington City Hall
636 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011

Murray Human Rights Commission
Jody Cofer, Chair
226B Wells Hall
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3192 (Phone)
(270) 809-3181 (Fax)

Danville-Boyle County Human Rights Commission
Georgia Tompkins, Chair
1031 Hustonville Rd,
Danville, KY 40422

(859) 238-5377

Paris Human Rights Commission
Vacant Chair
249 Cardinal Lane
Paris, KY 40361

(859) 987-6430
Refer to Mayor Michael Thorton

Franklin-Simpson County Human Rights Commission
Wanda Tuck, Chair
P.O. Box 699
Franklin, KY 42135

(270) 598-9189

Richmond Human Rights Commission
Nick Duvall, Acting Chair
Joslyn Olinger Glover, Vice-Chair
239 W. Main St.
Richmond, KY 40476-0487

(859) 625-6410

Meets every second Wednesday of each month @ 6 pm.

Hazard Human Rights Board
Paul Olinger, Chair
517 Cedar St.
Hazard, KY 41701

(606) 436-5728

Russellville-Logan County Human Rights Commission
Richard Estes, Chair
P.O. Box 1705
Russellville, KY 42276
(270) 755-6000

William Woodard, Commissioner


Lebanon Human Rights Commission
David Holliday, Chair
P.O. Box 1028
Lebanon, KY 40033

(270) 769-2393




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