Community Relations Commission

Mission Statement
To promote ways in which the community provides and safeguards equal opportunities for all.

Vision Statement
The first Commission in the Four Corners region to set the standards for positive human relations. Cultural diversity is highly valued and our community welcomes all people with integrity, fairness and respect.

Purpose:
The Commission's first priority is education and outreach. This is accomplished through a combination of programs and/or events. The Commission holds public forums, such as the recent Department of Justice SPIRIT Program meeting, partnerships with other organizations, educational materials and training sessions. The Commission also facilitates mediation services for incidents of alleged discrimination. Mediation services can be arranged by calling the Community Relations Hot Line at 505-599-8442 or by completing a Complaint Form and mailing it to Community Relations Commission P.O. Box 192, Farmington, NM 87499 or delivering the form to City Hall at 800 Municipal Drive, Farmington.

Meetings:
  • First Monday of each month unless this day is a City holiday then the meeting is the following Monday
  • Meeting time is 4:00 PM
  • Location Farmington Civic Center 200 W. Arrington Street, Farmington
History:
The Community Relations Commission was created by Ordinance on December 8, 2007. The Commission held their first organizational meeting in September 2008. The Commission consists of nine (9) voting members and six (6) ex officio members. Every effort is made to include representatives from each council district and the majority of the members should live within the City Limits. The membership will be diversified based on ethnicity, age, disability, gender and occupation. Members serve two (2) year terms.

Current Membership and Term:
Harelda Anderson (2017)
David John (2017)
Lynn Love (2017)
Vacant (2017)
Mark Marquez (2016)
Cathryn Abeyta (2016)
Charles Kromer (2016)
Melissa Meechan (2016)
Vacant (2015)
Ex Officio - Vacant
Ex Officio - Vacant
Ex Officio - Vacant
Ex Officio - Vacant
Ex Officio - Vacant
Ex Officio - Vacant

The Community Relations Commission supports two (2) active sub-committees:

CHAP (Comprehensive Homeless Assistance Providers) brings together various agencies and organizations in the Four Corners area that provides services to homeless and those living on the streets due to substance abuse. CHAP was formed as a collaboration between the Community Relations Commission and the Farmington Police Department. CHAP meets every other month to exchange information and ideas, and invites any service provider or interested individual to attend. For more information visit the CHAP webpage under the Community tab above.

Civility First Four Corners is a project of the Community Relations Commission. What is Civility First?  Civility First Four Corners is a commitment by our community to improve relationships by promoting the Traits of a Civility First Community and by recognizing and promoting healthy business relationships. The Civility First Traits are; Citizenship; Compassion; Consideration; Courtesy; Inclusiveness; Kindness; Respect; Responsibility; Sincerity; Tolerance. To learn ore or to join the team visit us on Facebook at Civility First Four Corners or our webpage under the Community tab above.

Other Resources:
City of Farmington/ Native American Talking Points
How to Communicate in Our Interracial and Intercultural Community
U.S. Department of Justice SPIRIT Report April 20, 2015

Stop Domestic Violence! As a crime victim you have certain constitutional rights. However, you must actively pursue these rights. This information will help you find the legal, medical and crisis intervention services available to you. Please refer to The Farmington Police Department - Domestic Violence Survivor Services.

Equal Housing Opportunity
- It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin. In the rental of housing; advertising the sale or rental of housing; financing of housing or appraisal of housing. If you believe you have been discriminated against contact:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Washington D.C. 20410
1-800-669-9777
Employment Problems? New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Human Rights Bureau. The Bureau accepts and investigates claims of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, sex, age, physical and mental handicap, serious medical condition, disability, spousal affiliation,sexual orientation and gender. Contact the Human Rights Bureau:
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Human Rights Bureau - Farmington
600 Arrington Street
Farmington, NM 87401
505-327-6126
505-827-6838 (Santa Fe)

Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 129
St. Michaels, AZ 865 11
Phone; 928-871-7436
www.nnhrc.navajo-nsn.gov