Human Rights and Services Board

Human Rights and Services Board
The purpose of the Human Rights and Services Board is to administer and further the policies of the City Commission regarding civil rights. The duties of the board are set forth in the city's ordinance on civil rights. These duties generally include addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing, and making recommendations to the City Commission regarding human rights and services policies, procedures and programs that will help foster goodwill, cooperation and conciliation among the groups and elements of the population of the City of Manhattan.

The board is comprised of seven members whom must live within the city limits of Manhattan.

Staff Liaison

Robyn Dreher, Human Resources Specialist
Email Robyn Dreher

Riley County Police Department (RCPD) Liaison

Lt. Luke Breault
(785) 537-2112 ext. 2439
Email Lt. Breault

Additional Information

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The board meets quarterly, or more often as the board decides, at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.


  • Matthew Jepsen, Chair
    • Term expires: 03/09/21
  • Annie Cook, Vice-Chair
    • Term expires: 03/09/22
  • Janet Dean
    • Term expires: 03/09/21
  • Thomas Kerrigan
    • Term expires: 03/09/21
  • Jerry Sextro
    • Term expires: 03/09/23
  • Ralph Simon
    • Term expires: 03/09/22
  • Laura Thacker
    • Term expires: 03/09/21