Human Relations Commission
The Borough of Carlisle Human Relations Commission (HRC) was created by Borough Council through the adoption of Ordinance 2259 (dated December 8, 2016) which became effective on March 1, 2017.
The purpose of the HRC is to foster equality and equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, handicap or use of guide or support animals because of blindness, deafness, or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, enjoy the full benefits of citizenship and are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing, commercial property and public accommodation, and to safeguard the right of all persons to remain free from discrimination or discriminatory practices in any of the foregoing aspects of their lives.
The HRC is independent and nonpartisan. It is comprised of four members appointed by Borough Council for staggered four year terms. All members shall be residents or business owners of the Borough of Carlisle and shall serve without compensation. The HRC shall have all powers necessary to execute the duties set forth under Ordinance 2259, provided that such powers shall not exceed those exercised by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. It shall be supported by volunteers, unpaid staff, and volunteer efforts and shall be as close to “zero cost” to the Borough as feasible.
HRC members act as public liaisons, receive complaints, and conduct intake meetings of any person claiming to be aggrieved by a practice that is made unlawful under Ordinance 2259, and who has followed the appropriate protocol set forth in Section 83-6, titled “Procedures for filing complaints”.
The HRC is responsible for providing the complainant with his or her right to file their complaint with the appropriate state and/or federal agencies when/where applicable; forwarding a copy of the complaint to the person(s) charged with the discriminatory act or practice; notifying the Pennsylvania HRC of any complaint that may be deemed to be within the jurisdiction of that commission; and, mediating where both the complainant and the person(s) charged with the discriminatory act or practice agree to voluntary mediation.
The Human Relations Commission can be contacted by submitting an email to: HumanRelationsCommission@Carlislepa.org
Human Relations Commission Members (Rotating Terms Expiring in February)
Christina Kapp, 4-year term expiring in 2027
McKenzie Clark (Chair), 4-year term expiring in 2024
Maddie Young, partial term expiring in 2025
Carlos Rojas-Gaona, 4-year term expiring in 2026
Alternate #1: Michael Shanaman (Partial term expiring February 29, 2024)
Alternate #2: Morgan Goodling (Four-year term expiring February 28, 2026)
Carlisle Borough Representatives
Police Department Liaison: Officer Joseph Rucinsky, 717-243-5252
Borough Representative: Susan Armstrong, 717-249-4422