FORT WAYNE—The City of Fort Wayne’s Metro Human Relations Commission has elected new leaders of its seven-member governing board. Larry Wardlaw will serve as chairman and Quinton Ellis will serve as vice-chairman.
Wardlaw is a 28-year veteran of the Asher Agency Inc., where he serves as senior vice president. He is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident and is active in a number of community organizations, including the YWCA, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Civic Theatre and Junior Achievement. He has taught public relations at IPFW, his alma mater, and has served on the Metro Human Relations Commission for 10 years.
Ellis is an attorney who specializes in civil rights, personal injury and criminal defense law. He has been on the Metro Human Relations Commission for two years and previously worked as the staff attorney for the Commission. In the past, he has served on a variety of boards, including Shepherd’s House, One Church One Offender, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, MLK Montessori School and the Allen County Bar Association.
The Human Relations Commission was established in 1952 as a mayoral commission to study and address discrimination issues within the city. Over the years the City’s local ordinance expanded the Commission’s role to include enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, as well as to educate and empower the citizens of Fort Wayne.
The Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, the local civil rights law enforcement agency, is empowered to investigate and enforce allegations of discrimination in employment, housing practices, public accommodation and education in the Fort Wayne Metropolitan area, in partnership with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).