Civil Rights Commission

Regular Meetings

  • Meetings shall be held at the call of the chairperson.

The Civil Rights Commission was created on June 16, 2015 by Ordinance 5781.

The basic function of the commission is to ensure uniform nondiscrimination protections within the City of Fayetteville for groups already protected to varying degrees throughout state law. Fayetteville is a welcoming, fair and tolerant city which endeavors to ensure that all of its citizens and visitors will be free from unfair discrimination. Since Federal and State law already protect citizens from most discrimination, the Uniform Civil Rights Protection Article shall extend existing protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and visitors as recognized elsewhere in state law.

The Civil Rights Commission shall review and decide complaints of alleged discrimination in violation of the Uniform Civil Rights Protection Article. The Commission will provide to the City Council an annual accounting of the number of complaints received and the outcomes.


Staggered three-year terms.


The Commission consists of seven members.

  • Two (2) representatives of the business community;
  • Two (2) owners or managers of rental property;
  • One (1) representative with experience in Human Resources or employment law;
  • Two (2) citizens at large, at least one of whom identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Vacancies on the Commission shall be filled by the City Council.

Public Notification

A weekly meetings list is prepared by the Office of the City Clerk Treasurer which is distributed to the press and posted on the home page.

33.331 - Attendance Requirements

(A) Any citizen volunteer member of any city board, commission or committee who fails to attend at least 70% of all meetings of that committee within a twelve (12) month period of service shall be deemed to have resigned from the board, commission or committee and that person’s position shall be deemed vacant.

(B) Such citizen may petition the City Council for reinstatement by filing a letter with the City Clerk within twenty (20) days after notification that the citizen’s position has been declared vacant and explaining why extenuating circumstances justify reinstating the applicant to his or her former position.

(Ord. No. 5446, 10-4-11)


  • Business Community
    Charles Watson
    11 East Davidson Street
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Business Community
    Samantha Arroyos
    529 North Longfellow Lane
    Fayetteville, AR 72704
  • Owner or Manager of Rental Property
    Kyle Garen
    1341 Cardinal Drive
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • Owner or Manager of Rental Property
    John Pesek
    2481 North Worthington Way
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • Human Resources/Employment Law
    Danielle L. Williams
    4206 West Gascony Place
    Fayetteville, AR 72704
  • Citizen at Large
    Siera Delk
    1464 North Merion Way #203
    Fayetteville, AR 72704
  • Citizen at Large
    Chris Christoffel
    1510 East Overcrest Street
    Fayetteville, AR 72703