Salem Human Rights and Relations
The Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission (HRRAC) was created in 1964 by the City Council to respond to concerns of the treatment of minority residents of Salem. It has worked for over 40 years to ensure that Salem is a safe and supportive community for all who live, work and visit here.
The Commission has 15 members (including 14 adult members of the community and one youth member) appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Salem City Council for a three-year term. The HRRAC derives its power and authority from the Chapter 8 (pdf document) of the City Code. This ordinance states the general powers and duties of the HRRAC.
The HRRAC works with individuals and groups to identify and address sources of tension in the community. It responds to complaints and works to find peaceful solutions to conflict by addressing issues that affect all sectors of the population. In addition, the HRRAC strives to form partnerships and networks on a widespread basis on the state, regional, national and international level.
The philosophy of the Commission is to solve complaints through conciliation, advocacy, and mediation rather than litigation. The goal of the HRRAC is to work with citizens and groups to use education and action to eliminate the causes of discrimination in our community.
The Mayor/City Manager's Office and the Salem Police Department each have a staff liaison. The liaisons provide services to people in Salem with concerns of discrimination in the areas of: race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and source of income.
- Gretchen Bennett
- Human Rights and Relations
- Mayor/City Manager's Office
- 555 Liberty St SE - Room 220
- Salem OR 97301-3503
- PH: 503-540-2371
Lt. Keith Blair, Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St. SE - Room 130 Salem, OR 97301-3513
- PH: 503-588-6050
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The City of Salem values all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, domestic partnership, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and source of income.