The Centers for Disease Control has stated that one of the major social detriments of health is having stable and adequate housing. The Marion Civil Rights Commission is accepting applications for the Marion Low & Moderate Income Housing Assistance Grant to assist non-profit, charitable organizations or other entities interested in assisting low-and- moderate income individuals with programs that address housing instability in the community. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 10, 2020. learn more


The purpose of the Marion Civil Rights Commission is to "To secure for all individuals within the City of Marion, freedom from discrimination because of age, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender identity, lawful source of income, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation."  To this end, the Commission will:

  • Administer Chapter 31 of the Municipal Code of the City of Marion, which covers the civil rights laws of the State of Iowa within the corporate limits of the City of Marion;
  • Initiate, receive, investigate, conciliate, and determine the merits of discrimination complaints;
  • Serve as a source of information relative to civil rights;
  • Report to the Mayor and City Council on work performed by the Commission.

By fulfilling this purpose, the Commission envisions a Marion community that is welcoming, inclusive, and preserves the personal dignity of all people, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and education. 


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The Commission shall consist of 11 members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council.  Membership on the Commission shall be broadly representative of the City’s population and shall have diverse representation of the City’s population and its protected classes.  The term of office is three years and members shall continue to serve until reappointed or replaced.


Amal Eltahir
Ph. 319-743-6357


Selita Jansen
Danielle Brazant 12-31-21
Kent Jackson 12-31-21
Chris Stoner
Dave Baumler 12-31-22
Renae Forsyth-Christy 12-31-22
Bret Nilles 12-31-22
Jennifer Tibbetts
Kim Gordon 12-31-20
Fred Brown
Okpara Rice


If you are interested in applying to be on the Commission, you can find an application on the City's Board & Commission page


The Commission meets at the Marion City Hall the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Meeting minutes and agendas can be accessed here.  


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