Owensboro Human Relations Commission 


1650 West 2nd Street

Suite 231

P.O. Box 10003

Owensboro, Kentucky 42302-9003

270-687-8671 

270-687-8672 Fax

David Kelly Executive Director 

Who is the Owensboro Human Relations Commission?

Why do we have a human relations commission?

  • Because any practice of discrimination against an individual or group because of race, creed, color, sex, age,or national origin is deemed by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Owensboro to be detrimental to the peace, progress, and future of the City of Owensboro and the citizens thereof;
  • The progress of this city and the general well-being of all of its citizens can be greatly enhanced by participation in community efforts by all citizens;
  • To implement a constructive approach to the elimination of any discriminatory practices in the City of Owensboro;
  • Each individual has a right under the law to Equal Employment, education and housing opportunity.

What does the human relations commission do? 

  • It endeavors to promote and secure mutual understanding and respect among all economic, social, religious, ethnic and racial groups in the city;
  • It acts as a conciliator in controversies involving inter-group and inter-racial relations;
  • It cooperates with Federal, state and other city agencies in an effort to develop harmonious inter-group and inter-racial relations;
  • It enlists the support of other groups dedicated to the improvement of human relations and the elimination of discriminatory practices;
  • It receives complaints of discrimination because of race, creed, color, sex, or age and provides the complainant with assistance in seeking elimination of the discrimination;
  • It initiates and facilitates discussion between individuals and groups through public hearings and workshops;
  • It serves as a clearinghouse for information about problems involving human rights;

What service does the human relations commission offer? 

Services provided by the Human Relations Commission are developed around the concepts of community education and moral persuasion.


Affirmative Action Technical Assistance   

  • The Commission offers assistance to employers in the specific area of recruitment and also general evaluation of their AA Plan...

Cultural Awareness Activities

  • The Commission maintains a commitment to develop an awareness on the part of the majority community to such minority group observances as Black History Month, Martin Luther King Birthday, Womens History Month and other minority group activities... 


Complaint Investigation

  • The Commission receives complaints and works closely with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state and federal agencies responsible for the elimination of discrimination.


Human Relations Week

  • The Commission annually sponsors a week of activities concentrating on good inter-group relations and the promotion of that ideal...


Job Bank

  • The commission maintains a file of minority and female job seekers.  From the list, referrals are made to local employers