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Olympia city officials to form a human rights commission

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OLYMPIA –– Olympia City Council members on Tuesday night are expected to approve forming a new city-wide human rights commission, meant to build a more equitable, just and thriving community, according to city documents.

The commission would be tasked with dismantling institutional racism in the city government, which would include reviewing the city’s policies, plans, and operations on a variety of subjects with the goal of expanding access to justice and equal treatment. On Aug. 11, city council members will talk about approving the formation of a commission to address social justice and equity issues. City officials expect to listen and ensure room for dialogue within the community. The input and information gathered out of the process will inform the commission’s make-up, mission, responsibilities, and priorities. 

For more information about the Olympia City Council meeting on Tuesday night, click here, then scroll down to City Council, 8/11/2020, 5:30 p.m. Then click on the agenda at the right of the page.  

During the Tuesday night meeting, the city council will also talk about hiring a new police auditor , a position that would be filled sometime before the end of the year. The position will be initially filled for a year. 

This story has been updated to include information about the decision to hire a police auditor. 

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