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Unapproved Minutes – Meeting of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission,
January 21, 2022
I. A motion to ask Patricia Lipski to lead the meeting was made by Commissioner Johnston, seconded by Commission Kooiker. Approved by vote. Motion carried.
II. Roll Call -
Commissioners: Gina Battani, Justin Johnston, Sam Kooiker, Patricia Lipski, Dennis Mandsager.
III. Recognition of Staff, Public, Press –
Staff: Stan Thompson, Kaitlin Smith, Charles Hill, Katie Fiala, Sierra Walker, Kerry Hainline, Amy Quail, Samantha Nordstrom, Adam Brewster, Roberto Rodriguez Peterson, Brenna Bormann, Joe Austen, Austin Moore, Jacob Bennington.
IV. Approval of Minutes –
Minutesfrom meetings on December 17, 2021, were presented. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Commissioner Kooiker, seconded by Commissioner Mandsager. Approved by vote. Motion carried.
V. Introduction of Executive Director Stan Thompson
VI. Status Report on Workgroups.
a. Discussion on request for salary increases – Commissioner Mandsager and Commissioner Battani discussed the respective reports they prepared. Director Thompson discussed his and Kaitlin Smith’s recent meeting with DAS employees on possibilities for obtaining additional compensation for current and future employees. Questions were raised regarding a request for additional funds directly from the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee. Director will report to Commissioners on need for such a request.
X. Discussion on updates to website – Commissioner Battani made several suggestions regarding the content of the ICRC websites, and possible improvements that could be made to the website.
I. Discussion on Preliminary Budget Request Process – Discussion ensued regarding the budget request process, and possible requests for an increase in budget for FY22 and FY23. Commissioner Kooiker made a motion to seek a budget increase equivalent three Civil Rights Specialist FTEs, which Commissioner Battani seconded. Director Thompson suggested he should first review the current budget further and see if there was any data to support the motion to make a larger budget requests. Commissioner Kooiker made a motion to table the motion, which Commissioner Mandsager seconded. Approved by vote. Motion carried.
II. Discussion on training and outreach materials in relation to HF2647 (2020) and the City of Des Moines Ordinance NO. 15,906 (2020) – Commissioner Gina Battani discussed the status of training to ICRC staff regarding biased policing, and asked questions regarding such, which ICRC answered.
III. Discussion on Iowa Administrative Code §161-3.12(1)(b)(2) regarding requests for extensions – Commissioner Gina Battani asked questions regarding extensions granted to parties during the complaint process, which Kaitlin Smith answered.
IV. Public Comment – None.
XI. Director’s report
a. Office Updates
b. Status of Federal Contracts
c. Employee Updates
XII. Litigation Update – Assistant Attorney General Katie Fiala
XIII. Commissioners’ Reports
a. Commissioner Gina Battani
b. Commissioner Justin Johnston
c. Commissioner Sam Kooiker
d. Commissioner Patricia Lipski
e. Commissioner Dennis Mandsager
V. Next Meeting – Next commission meeting scheduled for February 18, 2022.
Call to adjourn. Meeting adjourned by Commissioner Lipski.