[Star Press (Indiana)] The Muncie Human Rights Commission has gone without an executive director more than three months now, and the office hasn’t missed a beat, which is to say the office continues to do little work for very few people.
Longtime director Phyllis Bartleson stepped down in May after 20 years with the city and when the commission’s fair housing investigator also retired earlier, her position was eliminated. That left one person, the Equal Employment Opportunity investigator, holding down the fort.
Not a strenuous endeavor. Last year, the three-person staff counseled 319 people over job, housing and other discrimination. Doing the math, we find each staffer counseled one person every two days.
Downsizing to a one-person office seems logical, but then so does eliminating the commission entirely.