Boards and Commissions

Fair Employment Practices Board


The Fair Employment Practices Board receives and investigates charges of employment discrimination.  If the Commission determines a respondent has engaged in, or is engaging in any unlawful discriminatory employment practice, the Commission shall issue an order requiring the respondent to cease and desist from such unlawful practice.

The Commission may take measures requiring the hiring, reinstatement or upgrading and promotion of employees, with or without back pay, and admission or restoration of union membership.  It may institute a requirement for reporting compliance with the orders of the Board.

Not less than once per year, the Commission submits to the Mayor and Council reports and recommendations describing the investigations, proceedings, and hearings it has conducted.  The Commission conducts educational and other public relations programs to promote the equal rights and opportunities of all persons in matters related to employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or ancestry and to eliminate the prejudice and ignorance which result in economic and employment discrimination.

When authorized by the Council or when requested by the Mayor, the Board investigates and reviews all municipal contracts and the employment practices of all contractors or subcontractors in the employ of the City, and to assure and certify compliance with applicable federal, state and local equal employment standards.

Meeting Times

Meetings are scheduled as needed and are held on the 3rd floor of City Hall.

Appointment Process

Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council. The Board appoints an executive director to be the principal administrative officer.

Current Members

Members Appointed
Term Expires
Robert Thompson
3/1/2013 2/28/2016
Deborah Rohrbach 2/28/10 2/28/2016
William Jones 5/1/14
Valerie Watson 11/22/12 12/31/15
Virginia Jeffries 3/1/15 2/28/18
Lovie Hailey 3/1/15 2/28/18
Clint Zollinger 1/1/13 12/31/15
Deborah Shamlin 1/1/14 12/31/16
Amy Weisbrod 1/1/13 12/31/15
Samuel Sliman - Executive director
  No Expiration
Kristen Bates Aylward - Law Department   No Expiration
William Healy - Mayor   No Expiration

Membership Requirements

The Board consists of nine members.  Members must be residents of the City.  The composition of the board shall represent the diversity of the City in terms of race, religion, gender, age and occupation.  Members shall have sufficient work experience to enable them to make objective decisions about the cases considered by the Board. The Law Director assigns a member of his staff to serve as the Civil Rights Attorney.  The Mayor additionally serves as an ex-officio member.

Term Lengths

Three (3) years


Members serve without compensation.


City Ordinance 547.03-.07

If you would like to apply to serve on this commission or to recommend someone to serve, please send or fax a cover letter and resume to:

Office of Mayor William J. Healy II
ATTN: Boards and Commissions
218 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH  44702

FAX: 330-489-3282

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