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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 held on the 2nd Tuesday of each Month at 12:00PM in 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 Seat Designation
Term Expires
Deborah Shamlin Mayor Appointee 12/31/2019
William Jones Mayor Appointee 4/30/2020
Virginia Jeffries Mayor Appointee 12/31/2019
Lovie Hailey Mayor Appointee 12/31/2019
Clint Zollinger Mayor Appointee 12/31/2021
Valerie Watson Mayor Appointee 12/31/2021
Amy Weisbrod Mayor Appointee 12/31/2021
Robert Thompson Mayor Appointee 12/31/2021
Deborah Rohrbach Mayor Appointee 12/31/2021
Samuel Sliman
EEO Officer No Expiration
Kristen Bates Aylward Law Department No Expiration
Thomas M. Bernabei 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 Thomas M. Bernabei
ATTN: Boards and Commissions
218 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH  44702

FAX: 330-489-3282

Last updated 4/8/2016

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