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The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations was established in November of 2009 through Executive Order JB-2009-03 to advise the Mayor and recommend ways to better recognize the contributions of all Carmel residents to our great quality of life and identify any obstacles that may prevent full citizen participation in all of our City’s civic, and other, activities.

The mission of the Commission is to advise the Mayor on ways to better recognize and appreciate the contributions of our citizens of all races and ancestries, and to identify any obstacles that may prevent full citizen participation in all civic and other activities taking place within Carmel’s corporate boundaries. The Commission serves as a forum for citizens to informally raise and discuss situations in our community that involve possible prejudice, intolerance or bigotry that adversely affects the public welfare. The Commission will advise the Mayor of any current policy, procedure or practice followed by our city’s public safety or other personnel that it feels hampers a showing of mutual respect and understanding by and between municipal employees and Carmel residents, or a lack of sensitivity to civic rights issues.

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City of Carmel Solidarity Vigil

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and members of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations host a Solidarity Vigil to show support for George Floyd, his family and all those who have suffered unjustly. The City of Carmel stands in solidarity with BIPOC communities and is committed to amplifying their voices, listening, learning, and taking substantive action to expose and end systemic racism.


Commission meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the 2nd month of a calendar quarter at 4:00 p.m.
in the Mayor’s Conference Room.

Current Meetings


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Current Commission Members:

(The Commission consists of up to nine members appointed by the Mayor)

Anushree Bag
  Term Expires 12/31/2020

Jim Barlow
Carmel Police Chief
  Term Expires 12/31/2021

Raju Chinthala
  Term Expires 12/31/2020

Shelley Coover
Carmel Clay Schools Representative
  Term Expires 12/31/2020

Barb Lamb
City of Carmel Director of Human Resources
  Term Expires 12/31/2021

Ashhar Madni
  Term Expires 12/31/2020

Natalia Rekhter
  Term Expires 12/31/2020

Dee Thornton
  Term Expires 12/31/2021

Michael Wallack
  Term Expires 12/31/2021

If you have a question or concern, you may contact the Commission at diversity@carmel.in.gov

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Commission Contact:

Sharon Kibbe, Recording Secretary
City of Carmel
Office of the Mayor
1 Civic Square
Carmel, Indiana 46032

skibbe@carmel.in.gov