Salem Human Rights Commission

The LGBTQ Task Force of the Human Rights Commission is conducting a survey to learn more about the LGBTQ communities in Salem and discrimination they may face. Please consider taking our survey so we can better learn how to serve the LGBTQ communities.


The Human Rights Commission advises the City Council on human rights and relations issues. This Board assists residents by hearing and resolving discrimination complaints and promoting harmony.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of most months at 6:00 p.m.

Special meetings, complaint hearings, and forums may be held as needed.

The Salem Police Department LGBTQ Liaison is Debra Aguilar, Lieutenant. She can be reached at 503-588-6425.

The Mayor/City Manager’s Office LGBTQ Liaison is Gretchen Bennett, Human Rights and Relations/Federal Compliance Manager. She can be reached at 503-540-2371.

Authority: SRC Chapter 8

Number of members: 15

Type of appointment: City Council appointment

Length of term: 3 years

DateDocument TitleFile SizeTypeAudio Minutes (MP3)
4/24/2019306 KBhuman-rights-lgbtq-rights-task-force-agenda-2019-4-24.pdf
4/2/2019307 KBhuman-rights-commission-agenda-2019-04-02.pdf
3/27/2019307 KBhuman-rights-lgbtq-rights-task-force-agenda-2019-03-27.pdf
3/5/2019308 KBhuman-rights-commission-agenda-2019-03-05.pdf
2/27/2019307 KBhuman-rights-lgbtq-rights-task-force-agenda-2019-2-27.pdf
2/5/2019306 KBhuman-rights-commission-agenda-2019-02-05.pdf
1/23/2019307 KBhuman-rights-lgbtq-rights-task-force-agenda-2019-01-23.pdf
1/16/2019304 KBhuman-rights-core-response-team-agenda-2019-01-16.pdf
12/19/2018303 KBhuman-rights-core-response-team-agenda-2018-12-19.pdf
12/14/2018307 KBhuman-rights-community-awareness-task-force-agenda-2018-12-14.pdf
12/4/2018307 KBhuman-rights-commission-agenda-2018-12-4.pdf
11/28/2018307 KBhuman-rights-lgbtq-rights-task-force-agenda-2018-11-28.pdf
11/21/2018303 KBhuman-rights-core-response-team-agenda-2018-11-21.pdf
11/9/2018307 KBhuman-rights-community-awareness-task-force-agenda-2018-11-9.pdf
11/6/2018308 KBhuman-rights-commission-agenda-2018-11-06.pdf
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Term Expires
Alexandra J Dass05/09/20171st12/31/2020
Angelo J Arredondo12/12/2018Partial12/31/2020
Aric Wood11/14/20161st12/31/2019
Christine Detrois09/19/20181st12/31/2019
Danielle MeyerChair12/12/20161st12/31/2019
Felicia Bechtoldt12/14/20161st12/31/2019
Joey Gomez01/08/20181st12/31/2019
Krista Aquinas-gallagher09/19/20181st12/31/2019
Michael J Watters12/12/20181st12/31/2021
Nathan G SchmidtYouth Position (15-21)12/12/20181st12/31/2021
Renee M HK-LeBlond01/08/20181st12/31/2020
Rita Siong12/14/20161st12/31/2021
Apr. 24
Human Rights LGBTQ Rights Task Force April meeting 6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.City Manager’s Conference Room
Civic Center 555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301

Contact us

Title VI / Section 504 Coordinator
555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301