Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission director resigns

Search for new leadership begun

LaSheila Yates
LaSheila Yates

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commissions announced it is looking for a new leader after the resignation of its executive director.

LaSheila Yates, executive director of the commission since 2014, recently resigned, according to a Friday announcement from city officials.

Janet Abejo-Parker, senior investigator of the commission, will serve as acting executive director during the search.

“The board would like to acknowledge (Yates’) great contributions to the Civil Rights office,” Salma Igram, Civil Rights Commission board president, said in the news release. “We are confident in the abilities of the commission staff to continue their excellent work while we search for a new director.”

The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission is a city agency that provides education and outreach on civil rights and fair housing issues within the community.

Officials with the commission also receive citizen inquiries about discrimination and determine jurisdiction under federal, state and local laws.

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