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Welcome to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission webpage!

Our mission is to eliminate discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, marital status and familial status within the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, education and credit. At the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, we investigate discrimination complaints, educate the Davenport community about federal, state, and local civil rights law, recommend legislation to enforce the Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance, and collaborate with federal, state and local civil rights agencies. We are committed to serving you!


* Please note our office closes for staff in-service at 1 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of every month *

More Information about Civil Rights


DCRC News & Events

Click here to access the DCRC agendas & meeting minutes

City of Davenport Ranks 100% on National Human Rights Index

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute published the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for 2016. In Iowa, Davenport and Iowa City lead the state with rankings of 100, on a 100-point index.

Davenport Civil Rights Walking Tour

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Reports
Filing a complaint
Filing A Complaint

Complaints are required to be filed within three hundred (300) days of the alleged discriminatory incident for employment, education, public accommodation, and credit complaints, and no later than one (1) year of the alleged discriminatory incident for housing complaints. DCRC will provide language interpreters or general assistance upon request in order to complete the necessary forms.

To file a complaint in person, by mail or fax, please print the appropriate document and submit:

File a Credit Complaint

File an Education Complaint

File an Employment Complaint

File a Housing Complaint

File a Public Accommodation Complaint

To file an online complaint: COMING SOON!

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For further details regarding the complaint process please refer to:

Description of complaint process or Flowchart of the complaint process

Frequently Asked Questions

Consider Mediation

Mediation is an informal and confidential way for people to resolve disputes with the help of a neutral third party who is trained to help people discuss their differences. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong, but instead, helps the parties work out their own solutions to the problem. Mediation is encouraged and offered as soon as the complaint is filed and all throughout the investigative process.

Mediation is not only nationally recognized as an excellent way to resolve complaints, but mediation is FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, QUICK and SUCCESSFUL. It also allows for creative settlement options and a method for both parties to be part of the solution and control the final resolution.

The decision to mediate is completely voluntary.  If both parties agree to mediate, a time and date will be scheduled and the mediation will be conducted by a trained and experienced mediator. If an agreement is reached, it is a binding agreement enforceable in court.  If an agreement is not reached, the charge will be investigated like any other charge.

Mediation is a FREE service offered through our office. If you are interested in taking advantage of the mediation process or have further questions regarding mediation, please contact our Mediation Coordinator at 563-326-7888.


Mediation FAQs

Your rights!
What are Civil Rights?

Civil rights are personal rights guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and statutes such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Iowa Civil Rights Act, and the Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance. Civil Rights include the equal treatment of all people with respect to the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property and freedom from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, credit and education.

The Davenport Civil Rights Commission (DCRC) enforces the Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance which prohibits discrimination against person because of age, creed, marital status, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity or familial status in the areas of employment, education, public accommodations, credit and housing.

Click here to view or download 2.58 of the Davenport Municipal Code

The following table shows the protected classes under the Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance. 

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Protected Classes        Areas of Protection
Employment Housing Public Accommodation Education Credit
Age  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Race  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Creed  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Color  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Religion  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Sex  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Gender Identity  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Sexual Orientation  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
National Origin  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Mental or Physical Disability  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Marital Status  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark
Familial Status  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark  check mark

 

Areas of Protection

 

Credit

Everyday, countless individuals and families are denied access to mainstream credit.  Despite a reduction in the most blatant forms of discrimination, there is evidence that creditors commit more subtle discrimination against minority groups throughout the lending process. Discrimination occurs in: advertising and outreach, handling of pre-application inquiries, the loan approval or disapproval decision, loan pricing, and loan administration. Credit discrimination cases must be filed with the commission no later than 300 days from the date of the alleged incident.

 

Education

Under the Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance students, faculty, and staff are protected from discrimination in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges.  Discrimination is defined as: the unequal treatment or denial of normal privileges to persons because of their immutable characteristics or personal choices. Education discrimination cases must be filed with the commission no later than 300 days from the date of the alleged incident.

 

Employment

It is unlawful to fail or refuse to hire, discharge any individual, or to discriminate against any individual with respect to the individual's compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Employment discrimination complaints must be filed with the commission no later than 300 days from the date of the alleged incident.

 

Housing

It is unlawful to fail to rent or sell property because of a protected class, or advertise a preference or limitation, or impose different terms or conditions during tenancy based on a protected class.  It is also unlawful to fail to provide, or impose different terms and conditions, in home loans and insurance because of a protected class. Housing discrimination complaints must be filed with the commission no later than (1) year from the date of the alleged incident.

Factsheet Harassment in Housing

 

Public Accommodation

Public Accommodations are facilities whose goods, services or premises are offered to the public for a fee. Examples of public accommodations are: restaurants, hotels, retail stores, shopping centers, bars, museums, theaters, stadiums, parks, bus stations, airports, health clubs, and hospitals. Under City ordinance 2.58, it is illegal to deny a person access or treat them unequally, in a public accommodation because of their protected class. Public Accommodation discrimination complaints must be filed with the commission no later than 300 days from the dated of the alleged incident.

 

The Commissioners

The Commission consists of seven Commissioners who serve without compensation. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the City Council, and serve two-year terms. The Commission elects officers as necessary from the members of the Commission.

The Commission appoints a Director, and the Director is required to report to the Commission monthly on the activities of the Director and the status of complaints filed in the office. The regularly scheduled Commission meeting are held the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Civil Rights Conference Room.

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Director's Reports

 

The current Davenport Civil Rights Commissioners are:
Tim HartTim Hart was appointed as a Commissioner by Mayor Winborn in December 2005 and currently serves as Chair of the Commission. Tim is currently a Real Estate agent with Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors.

Previously he worked as a consultant in the field of education specializing in developing programs and designing adaptations for children with handicaps. He taught graduate level programs in education and spent 8 years as a writer of management training materials.  


He has also served on the Boards of several community non-profit organizations and currently sits on the Board of Directors at his church. Tim has lived in the Quad Cities since 1986 and currently resides in Davenport.
 

Helen RobersonHelen Roberson was appointed as Commissioner by Mayor Gluba in September 2011 to fill a vacancy. Shehas lived in Davenport for 32 years. She previously lived in Dubuque, Iowa, Greensboro, North Carolina and Washington, DC. She attended C. M. Eppes High School, Greensboro, North Carolina, graduating in 1966, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina from 1966-1968 and St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa in 1981.

She is an active member of NAACP holding the position of Membership & Add Booklet Committee Chairperson, the Progressive Baptist Church holding the position of Financial Secretary, the Quad Cities (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated as the Program Coordinator and volunteers on the Juneteenth Planning Commission in the position of Ad Booklet Chairperson.

Her vision for the Davenport Civil Rights Commission is to be of service or aid in the fair treatment of all people in this community.  She would like to see everyone being treated fairly in obtaining a education, securing fair housing, employment, and credit, and would like to see that persons with disabilities have public transportation accessible to them.


Nora DvorakNora Dvorak was appointed by Mayor Gluba in January 2008 to fill a vacancy.  Nora has a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.  She has lived in Davenport for 24 years, is married 51 years to Phil, and is the mother of 6 with 15 grandchildren.

She is currently retired but for 12 years was employed as a social worker for the Iowa Department of Human Services. After resigning from the Department of Human Services she was Director of the Refugee Resettlement Program for 10 years.  Her current activities include Churches United Board, Quad Cities Interfaith Board, Davenport Schools Equity Committee, Generations Area Agency Advisory Board for Senior Refugees, Scott County Decategorization Board, Volunteer for Diocese of Davenport Diocesan Social Action Commission, and Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Nora's past activities include one of the founders of the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, Leader of development of Newborn Safe Haven/Scott County, and she initiated and developed a program with the Davenport Police Department to protect refugees that was recognized as a best practice by the National Crime Prevention Program.


Susan GreenwaltSusan Greenwalt was appointed a commissioner in March of 2015 by Mayor Bill Gluba. Ms. Greenwalt has been active in many community projects over the past 47 years with different activities involving her 6 children. 

The activities include: scout leader for 17 years, Dad's Club coach and president of the PTA.  She is currently active with Senior Voice as a board member and a writer for the monthly newspaper.  Susan is also active with SCI (Spinal Cord Injury Group). Susan has been a paraplegic since 2006. Susan says being a paraplegic has opened up a whole new avenue of involvement. 

She has been active with several ADA committees and has run a Davenport Parks and Recreation program for the past four years.  Over the years she has had several places of employment, starting out as a under graduate registered nurse to manager and also head designer of a local floral shop.  Susan is currently retired.


Clyde MayfieldClyde Mayfield was appointed Commissioner for the Davenport Civil Rights Commission by Mayor Winborn in December 2006. Commissioner Mayfield has lived in Davenport for fifty-one years and has always been active in community affairs.

Commissioner Mayfield is a graduate of Central High School and St. Ambrose University and has been a business owner in Davenport for several years.  He is a member of the NAACP, One Hundred Blackmen, Shorinji Kempo, Prince Hall Grand Lodge and has served on  various committees with the Davenport Community Schools.

Commissioner Mayfield enjoys working with children and coaches football, wrestling, and baseball both in the schools and through Davenport Parks and Recreation Programs.  Commissioner Mayfield is committed to Civil Rights and in his position as Commissioner wants to support a system of fairness that can bring equity to all.

Judy ShawverJudy Shawver was born in Davenport and has lived here most of her life.  After college, in 1976 she moved to the Chicago area where she attended law school.  She lived and practiced law in Oak Park, IL until 1985 when she returned to Davenport.

Commissioner Shawver has a BS degree in statistics from Drake University in 1976, JD from DePaul University College of Law in 1980, LLM in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law in 1983. She is a member of Temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa where she has served on its Board.  She has also served on the Board of Community Health Care.  


She is a member of the Scott County and Iowa State Bar Associations, the National Organization for Women and the American Civil Liberties Union.


Nicole Bribriesco LedgerNicole Bribriesco Ledger is married to Jeff ledger.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early childhood with Special Education from St. Ambrose University.  

They have two girls and is currently a stay at home mom. Commissioner Bribriesco Ledger is also a member of LULAC and St. Anthony's Church.







Jason Gordon - Alderman Liaison

Accessibility Always!

The Davenport Civil Right Commission is conducting an Accessibility Always campaign. Accessibility Always is a survey of various local restaurants that identifies American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible restaurants throughout Davenport. The purpose of this survey is to inform members of our community with a disability about accessible services, as well as, motivate restaurants to comply with ADA regulations.

The Davenport Civil Rights Commission identified various restaurants throughout the City based on their diverse locations and cuisine type. These restaurants are evaluated on their compliance with ADA entrance, parking lot, interior, and restroom standards.

Accessibility Always LogoThe information is compiled in a restaurant guide available below. 

 

 

 

Tax Deductions and Credits for business owners for accessibility

 

In addition to providing information through written documents the Davenport Civil Rights Commission is distributing window decals with the Accessibility Always logo to each business meeting the accessible standards.

Requests to survey a location are welcome!  Please contact our office at 563-326-7888 or click on Service Requests at the top of this page

 

*This is not a comprehensive list of all restaurants in Davenport.  Restaurants that meet the requirements will be continually added to the list. 

Settlements
Settlements 2016
 DATE  AREA BASIS TRIGGER TERMS

Jan. 20, 2016

Housing

Mental Disability

Terms

$500, Apology, Rental Reference, Training, Posters, Fair Housing Logo

Jan. 21, 2016

Housing

 

 

Notification, FH Policy, Posters, Training, Advertisement

Feb. 3, 2016

Housing

Race

Terms

$550, $568 off next month’s rent, Posters

Feb. 5, 2016

Employment

Physical Disability

Termination

$1,000, Training, Posters

Feb. 16, 2016

Employment

Sex

Sexual Harassment, Termination, Equal Pay

$10,000, Training, Notification

Mar. 4, 2016

Transit

Race

 

Training

Mar. 9, 2016

Education, Public Accommodation

Age, Race, Physical Disability, Retaliation

Negative Treatment

Implicit Bias Training

Mar. 11, 2016

Employment

Physical Disability

Failure to Accommodate/Modify, Termination

$27,500, Posters, Notification

Mar. 23, 2016

Housing

Race

Failure to Rent

$1,200, Policy, Posters, Notification

Mar. 30, 2016

Employment

Race, Retaliation

Termination, Racial Slurs

$750, Posters

Apr. 20, 2016

Employment

Age (Under 40), Sex

Sexual Harassment, Discipline, Termination

Apology, Positive Reference, Non-Discrimination Policy

Aug. 22, 2016

Employment

Race

Discipline, Termination, Terms

$1,000, Posters

Aug. 24, 2016

Employment

Sex, Retaliation

Negative treatment, Harassment

$2,000, Letter sent to Workforce Development, Training

Sep. 20, 2016

Employment

Mental Disability

Termination

 

$5,000

Sep. 22, 2016

Employment

Race

Termination, Discipline

$1,550, Posters

Oct. 12, 2016

Employment

Race

Racial Harassment, Racial Slurs

CP not scheduled with harasser, no cuts in hours, Policy

Nov. 16, 2016

Employment

Race

Termination, Racial Slurs, Terms

Training

Dec. 9, 2016

Employment

Sex, Race

Terms, Failure to Promote, Termination

Internal Investigation on Testing Procedures sent to CP

Dec. 13, 2016

Employment

Pregnancy, Mental Disability

Termination

$2,500, Training

Settlements 2015
 DATE  AREA BASIS TRIGGER TERMS

Jan 8, 2015

Employment

Race

Racial Slurs, Negative Treatment, Termination

$800, Policy Change, Training, Posters, Application Ads

Jan 20, 2015

Housing

Mental Disability, Race

Eviction

$5,000, Training, Policy Advertisement, Posters, Application Advertisement

Feb 2, 2015

Employment

Sex, Retaliation

Failure to Train

$8,000

Mar 2, 2015

Employment

Sex

Failure to Hire

$9,500

Mar 4, 2015

Public Accommodation

Physical Disability

Accessibility

Public Interest Items

Mar 6, 2015

Housing

Race, Retaliation

Attempt to Terminate Tenancy

$550

Mar 10, 2015

Transit

Physical Disability

Failure to Serve

Continued Training

Mar 11, 2015

Housing

Race, Physical Disability

Failure to Accommodate/Modify

$1,000 plus deposit

Mar 13, 2015

Employment

Race

Negative Treatment

$15,000, posters

Mar 13, 2015

Employment

Sex, Retaliation

Sexual Harassment

$40,000

Mar 18, 2015

Employment

Race

Negative Treatment, Racial Harassment

$6,000, Specific Performances

Mar 24, 2015

Employment

Age, National Origin

Reduction of Hours

Increased Hours

April 7, 2015

Public Accommodation

Race

Failure to Serve

$500

April 15, 2015

Employment

Pregnancy, Sex

Termination

$10,000

May 6, 2015

Employment

Physical Disability

Failure to Hire

$1,000

May 11, 2015

Housing

Mental Disability, Physical Disability

Failure to Accommodate/Modify

$500

May 28, 2015

Employment

Age

Demotion, Termination

Training

Jun 3, 2015

Employment

Mental Disability, Physical Disability

Failure to Accommodate/Modify

$3,910, Training

Jun 11, 2015

Education

Mental Disability, Physical Disability, Race

Failure to Serve

Training

Jul 20, 2015

Employment

Sex

Sexual Harassment

 

$3,000, policy change

Jul 30, 2015

Employment

Age, Sex, Physical Disability, Mental Disability

Termination

$25,000, training

Aug 5, 2015

Employment

Race, Sex

Termination

 

$375, Policy, Training

Aug 19, 2015

Employment

Race

Failure to Hire

 

$5,500

Sept 3, 2015

Housing

Sex

Sexual Harassment

No Contact, Retrieve Mail, Waive rights to any owed rent (Valued at $1,060)

Sept 22, 2015

Transit

Physical Disability

Failure to Accommodate/Modify

Driver Training

Oct 1, 2015

Housing

Sex, Mental Disability

Eviction, Sexual Harassment, Harassment

$5,252.50, advertisement

Oct 23, 2015

Employment

Age

Termination

$20,000

Oct 28, 2015

Transit

Physical Disability

Accessibility

Specific Performance: RP to provide CP with Policy Info

Dec 4, 2015

Employment

Religion

Discipline, Termination

$2,400

Dec 16, 2015

Public Accommodations

Physical Disability

Accessibility

$8,004, fix elevator

Dec 29, 2015

Housing

Physical Disability

Eviction, Failure to Accommodate/Modify

$310.89, training

Training & Education

The Davenport Civil Rights Commission offers materials, no cost training, and educational programs on civil rights to employers, the housing industry and community groups. Please contact our office to arrange for training and education.

Presentations

Civil Rights History

Civil Rights Law

Diversity in the Workplace

Who We Are 

Sexual Harassment

Fair Housing Under Federal, State & Local Law

Landlord Training

LGBT NCLR Presentation

LGBT One Iowa Presentation

LGBT Equal Access Rule Training 

Additional Resources

Effective Communication and the ADA

Criminal Background Check Flyer

Assistance Animal Fact Sheet

Service Animals in Public Places

Advertising Guidelines

Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements

History of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission

Davenport established a civil rights commission by ordinance in 1962. The commission established in1962 had no enforcement power, but that was changed by a new civil rights ordinance enacted in 1974. The 1974 ordinance established the Davenport Civil Rights Commission and provided at that time that persons are to be protected from discrimination in the city based upon their race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status, age, or mental or physical disability. The areas protected by the ordinance in 1974 included employment, credit, public accommodation, and housing.

The ordinance was amended in 1999 to make its housing provisions substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act and to grant the Commission subpoena powers during its investigation process. The ordinance was amended again in 2000 to add sexual orientation as a protected class. In 2005, the ordinance was amended again to clarify some of its provisions and to add education as a protected area.

The Davenport Civil Rights Ordinance enacted in 1974 provides that its purpose is to provide a Civil Rights Commission at the local level that will secure freedom of discrimination for all persons who are members of a protected class within the city and to provide a Commission dedicated to the effective enforcement of the civil rights chapter. The ordinance additionally gave the Commission the power to enter into contracts with federal, state, or other municipal civil rights agencies to further the purposes of the civil rights chapter. Under the power granted by the ordinance, the Davenport Commission enters a contract each year with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission to enforce state and local civil rights laws.

In 2000, after the Davenport Civil Rights Commission became substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act, it began to enter contracts with the United States Department of Urban Development [HUD] each year to enforce fair housing laws in Davenport.

Effective enforcement of civil rights laws locally is extremely important for entitlement cities like Davenport because it can have an impact on the receipt of federal funds.  Community development block grant dollars are received by entitlement cities from HUD in exchange for evidence that the community takes all efforts to affirmatively further fair housing in its community.  The Davenport Civil Rights Commission is extremely proud of its record of both its education and outreach and its enforcement efforts regarding all areas in which it offers protections.   Its exemplary record is reflected in both the 2000 and 2005 Impediments to Fair Housing Studies that are required by HUD, awards received in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community from the local NAACP Branch, and for the Commission's outstanding work in protecting people's civil rights from the Iowa Lulac State Committee.

The first Commissioners appointed by Mayor O'Brien in 1962 include:

Paul Ives

Henry Vargas

Charles Toney

Harry Roberts

Virgil Bowen

Hollister Hosutt

Lawrence Satin
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The director position was created in March of 1970.  William Cribbs [WC] was appointed to be the first director in September of 1970.  E. King Morris, Jerry Smith, Sandra Williams, and Brenda Drew-Peeples served as directors after William Cribbs and up to 1999.  Judith J. Morrell was hired on March 1, 1999 and served as director until 2014.  In 2014 Latrice Lacey was appointed as Director of the Civil Rights Commission. 

Davenport Civil Rights Commission Historical Tour

The Davenport's Civil Rights Commission in partnership with St. Ambrose University and the Putnam Museum captured the story of Davenport's Civil Rights History from 1945 to 1974. This is a compelling, inspiring story and it needs to be told, and retold for generations to come. Click on the link below for additional information and to download the map to visit the places where local civil rights events took place!

Davenport Civil Rights Commission Historical Tour

Below is a link to the recent interview with Civil Rights Activist Bill Cribbs done by the Quad Cities Times reporter as well as  the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. address in Davenport, IA on April 28, 1965.

 ​http://streaming.ci.davenport.ia.us/MLK

 

About us

Discrimination has been a long-standing issue in the United States and has taken on several forms. Our staff is dedicated to eliminating all forms of discrimination by:

  • Promoting quality of life in Davenport for all individuals.
  • Raising awareness by offering training and educational sessions and distributing information throughout the community.
  • Building partnerships with other civic and social organizations to embrace diversity.

 

Staff Members

 

Latrice Lacey, Director

Ms. Lacey recently graduated from Drake University Law School with a certificate in Legislative Practice. Throughout her final year of law school, Lacey worked at the ACLU of Iowa as a legal and legislative intern and later as a staff attorney and lobbyist.  Lacy is a former clerk of Pam Jochum and previously worked for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  At Drake, Lacey was president of the Black Law Student Association. She received her undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  After college, Lacey worked as an assistant curator at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, where she became dedicated to working toward the advancement of civil liberties.  Throughout her time in law school and upon graduation, she has devoted her time to equal rights issues and she intends to continue to do so in the future. 

Michelle Neels Scheper, Investigative Paralegal

Michelle earned her B.A. degree in Legal Studies in an American Bar Association certified paralegal program from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  She graduated from St. Ambrose University with her Masters in Business Administration with a Health Care Concentration in 1996. Michelle worked as a paralegal at Prairie State Legal Services in Rock Island for over fifteen years.  With a strong commitment to social justice, Michelle advocated for clients in the areas of public benefits and social security law, landlord/tenant law including subsidized housing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, consumer law including the Fair Debt Collection Act, and was staff lead on issues affecting senior citizens.  Michelle conducted a number of Community Legal Education programs, served on the board for several advocacy agencies as well as developed and supervised the paralegal intern program at Prairie State.  Additionally, Michelle worked as the Coordinator for the Volunteer Lawyer Program for several years.  Michelle became the Investigative Paralegal for the Davenport Civil Rights Commission in September 1997.  Michelle is certified as a Legal Assistant from the National Associations of Legal Assistants as well as the Iowa Association of Legal Assistants.

Keirsten Anderson, Housing Analyst

Keirsten Anderson earned her B.A. degree in political science and Scandinavian studies from Augustana College.  She received her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1997 with honors.  While she was in law school, she was a Note Editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review.  She has been licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois since 1997. Keirsten was a staff attorney at Prairie State Legal Services in Rock Island for over three years.  She represented clients in the areas of family law, landlord/tenant law, orders of protection, consumer, and senior issues, among others.  After Prairie State, Keirsten was Manager, Benefits Administration at Modern Woodmen of America.  She was part of the team that administered their employee defined benefit pension plan. Keirsten became the Housing Analyst for the Davenport Civil Rights Commission in September 2002.  She is a member of the Rock Island County Bar Association and she is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Scandinavian Association.  She was formerly chair of the public relations committee for Habitat for Humanity-Quad Cities for three years. 

Beth Badillo, Secretary

Beth Badillo earned her B.S. degree in journalism from Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois in 1998. She returned to the Quad Cities where she received her Masters in Counseling Education from Western Illinois University in 2003. Beth was a Customer Service representative for Trinity Medical Center's pharmacy for a year before moving into a secretary position in the EMS department in Moline.  After Trinity Medical Center, she worked for the Radisson as Secretary for a 18 months before being promoted to Sales Assistant where she held the position for two years.  Beth then worked at Family Resources for over two years working with families and children involved in the court system, providing resources and life skills. Beth joined the Davenport Civil Rights Commission in May 2006 as Secretary.

Cody Eliff,  Investigator/Mediation Coordinator

Cody is a life-long resident of the Iowa Quad Cities.  Cody then earned two degrees from University of Iowa in Political Science and International Relations in 2010, during which time he was a student ambassador for the Center for Diversity and Enrichment on campus and sat on a Hispanic Leadership Council for a statewide presidential campaign. Cody went on to earn a Master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University in 2016 with a certification in Police Executive Administration. Cody joined the Davenport Civil Rights Commission in May 2016 after volunteering for the Commission since December, 2014. Cody worked at local non-profits for 4 years prior to his time with the Commission, with work mostly involving adjudicated youth and substance abuse. Cody served a term of national service in AmeriCorps, where he worked at Iowa’s largest homeless shelter on a veteran’s outreach project. For seven years, from the age of 14, Cody worked at K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.