Human Rights Commission (HRC)

Current Commissioners

  • Brian Cook, Chair,
    December 2014
  • Teresa Martin, Vice Chair,
    May 2017
  • Adam Buttress,
    May 2015
  • Jonathan Burris,
    May 2016
  • Carla Johnson,
    May 2016
  • Payton Perkins, student,
    May 2015
  • Susan Phelps,
    May 2017
  • Michael Pristash,
    May 2017

Staff Liaison

  • Chantell Knauss, Assistant City Manager

Advises, recommends, and assists Council in matters of human rights. Seven regular members and two student members. The mission of the Golden Valley HRC is to help promote and nourish a safe, respectful, and welcoming community.

HRC Meeting Day & Time

  • When: 6:30 pm, fourth Tuesday of each month (unless other notice is given)
  • Where: City Hall Council Conference Room, Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road (unless otherwise noted)

HRC meetings will be canceled due to lack of an agenda if there is no business to be discussed or if there is no quorum.

Minutes & Agendas

Minutes and agendas are posted here as soon as they become available. Minutes remain subject to approval at the next HRC meeting.

2014 Meetings

Meeting Archive

View past years' HRC Agendas and HRC Minutes in the City's online document center.

HRC Programs

Apply to serve on the Human Rights Commission

Golden Valley residents who are interested in serving on the HRC should fill out and submit the Advisory Boards and Commissions Application.

History of HRC Task Force

In June 2012, the Golden Valley City Council appointed a 19-member public task force to solicit feedback from residents on the need for a Human Rights Commission as an advisory body to the Council (get full story here).

Through community dialogue, the HRC Task Force assessed the need for and scope of a Human Rights Commission as an advisory board to the Golden Valley City Council. The City Council received and filed the HRC Task Force Report and Recommendation at its Dec 18, 2012 meeting.

Mission And Responsibilities

  • Review duties and responsibilities of the Minnesota State and City of Golden Valley Human Rights Commissions and their histories.
  • Make a recommendation to the City Council as to the best way(s) to foster inclusiveness and cultural awareness for the City of Golden Valley and whether or not the best way(s) involve a City Human Rights Commission.
  • If it is recommended that a City Human Rights Commission is needed, establish the Commission's mission and responsibilities and how it should be organized (eg, as a Commission or informally, with interested volunteers coordinating events and activities).

Meetings

Meetings will be conducted by a professional facilitator, and additional meetings will be added if necessary. All meetings are open to the public.

Task Force Members