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Department of Civil Rights Names Interim Director

May 28, 2021

John E. Johnson, Jr. has been named interim director of the Department of Civil Rights by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Mr. Johnson currently serves as the department’s legislative liaison and special advisor to the commission. He will begin his new role on June 2 and will continue to serve until the commission selects a […]

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Department of Civil Rights Director Leaving

May 21, 2021

After serving in the role since September 2020, Department of Civil Rights Director James White is leaving to serve as interim Detroit Police Chief, beginning on June 1. He was selected as director last August by the Civil Rights Commission, who is responsible for appointing the head of the department. The Commission will begin the […]

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Civil Rights Commission Selects Director

Aug 28, 2020

In a special meeting, the Civil Rights Commission selected James White to serve as executive director of the Department of Civil Rights. Currently, he serves as the assistant chief of the Detroit Police Department and will bring over 25 years of experience to his new role. Mr. White is expected to begin his new role […]

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Department of Civil Rights Interim Director Named

Nov 22, 2019

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has appointed acting director Mary Engelman to serve as the interim director for the department. Previously, Ms. Engelman served as executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and since August as acting director of the department. The Michigan Department of Civil […]

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Department Director Dismissed

Aug 30, 2019

This week, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted to dismiss Agustin Arbulu as director of the Department of Civil Rights. The removal comes after the former director was accused of making inappropriate comments. Since the allegations last month, legislative leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer called for him to either resign or be removed by the […]

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Department Director Reprimanded

Aug 09, 2019

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted to reprimand Agustin Arbulu, Director of the Department of Civil Rights, for comments they deemed inappropriate. Following the vote, Commission Chairwoman Alma Wheeler Smith issued the following statement, “We have determined that while the conduct of which the director was accused did not violate the law, his behavior fell […]

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Deputy Director at Civil Rights Leaving

Mar 03, 2017

It was announced this week that Colleen Pero will be resigning as deputy director of the Department of Civil Rights after being hired as Chief of Staff for the Michigan Republican Party.  Throughout her career, she has worked on numerous campaigns and in many different roles within state government.  In addition to her work at […]

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MLC Capitol Spotlight: An Interview with Agustin V. Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Apr 01, 2016

Dr. Agustin Arbulu was appointed to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission by Governor Rick Snyder in January of 2013 and held the office of Secretary until he was named department director in October 2015.  Before joining the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), Dr. Arbulu was President of Metro Care Services, a home healthcare firm consisting […]

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