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Send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comments section below, and I will do my best to dig up an answer for you. You also can call me at 248-231-4667.Patch reader Debbie writes: "Has there been any discussion at the commission table concerning who - what department - would handle the claim, conduct the investigation or render the decision regarding violations of the (human rights) ordinance. What would the process be? Does anyone know how this is handled in other communities with an HRO?"
To answer Debbie's question, Patch asked Royal Oak City Attorney David Gillam. Here's what he said:
The Police Department would take complaints regarding an alleged violation of the ordinance, conduct any subsequent investigation, and turn the results of that investigation over to our office for authorization to issue an ordinance violation.
We discussed the potential process internally while the ordinance was being drafted. While we recognize that there is no shortage of work for the police, our conclusion was that the Police Department is clearly the best qualified to conduct an investigation. Including the costs of investigation and prosecution in the Penalties section should help offset the impact on that Department.
The process in communities that have some form of human rights ordinance in place is a mixed bag. Some process complaints through the City Manager’s Office, some though the City Attorney’s Office, and some even have appointed committees that handle complaints.