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Human Rights Commission 

520 3rd Street
Suite 230
Brookings, SD 57006

(605) 692-6281





Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Bayer, Steve City Representative (605) 692-2600
Chandler, Laura Renee City Representative
Dwivedi, Chandradhar City Representative (605) 697-5987
Hamer, George City Representative (605) 690-9660 or (605) 688-5721
Hauffe, Penny City Representative (605) 697-5900 or (605) 697-6550
Irvine-Miller, Meagan SDSU Student Representative (979) 595-4121
Karen, Judy City Representative (605) 690-5533 or (605) 692-2314
Novotny, Lawrence LGBTQ Liaison (605) 691-9129 or (605) 692-6026
Owens, Maggie City Representative (605) 651-2847
Rahman, Shafiqur County Representative (605) 695-3216 or (605) 688-4239
Ziegler, Nathan SDSU Liaison (605) 688-4099

Community LGBTQ Liaisons 

520 3rd Street, Suite 230
Brookings, SD 57006

Brookings, SD 57006

(605) 692-6281


As the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) liaison for the City of Brookings, the Human Rights Commission shall be responsible for:
  • Improving the quality of life for LGBTQ through enhancing the knowledge base of entities in the community
  • Serve as a community-based advocacy group for LGBTQ
  • Investigate alleged LGBTQ discrimination
  • Study the existence, character, causes and extent of LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, property rights, education and public services
  • Advise and provide a forum for LGBTQ subjected to unfair and discriminatory practices
  • Advise City officials concerning issues of discrimination
  • Conduct educational programs and disseminate information to further the commission’s policy to eliminate discrimination in the City.

Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Gebers, Marci Brookings Police Department Sergeant (605) 692-2113
Heaton, Chief Timothy LGBT Liaison (605) 688-5117
Novotny, Lawrence Human Rights Commission (605) 691-9129
Powers, Derrick Brookings Police Department Lieutenant (605) 692-2113
Umberger, Chuck Brookings Sheriff's Office Deputy (605) 696-8300




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