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Anti-discrimination agency seeking new director

Dawn Cummings
Dawn Cummings
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017 09:36 am

The city's anti-discrimination agency is seeking its third leader in six years following the resignation of Executive Director Dawn Cummings.

Cummings, who joined the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission as a staff attorney in 2007 and succeeded Cathy Serrano as executive director in 2013, will leave the office Friday to accept a job in another state, according to board member Lana Keesling. The board will meet Monday to discuss how best to fill the vacancy. Serrano's predecessor, Gerald Foday, left the post in 2011 after serving since 2004.

The commission was created in 1967 to enforce anti-discrimination laws and to "educate and empower the citizens of Fort Wayne." Last year more than 1,000 residents contacted Metro about potential discrimination and the agency closed 344 employment cases and 59 housing cases.

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