Chatham County Human Relations panel quits

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Submitted: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 12:23pm
Updated: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 12:25pm By:

PITTSBORO, NC (AP) — The Human Relations Commission of Chatham
County has unanimously resigned after members said they can no
longer effectively advocate for better race relations.

Commission Chairman Norman Clark said the group resigned this
week over the county’s decision to fire Esther Coleman, the former
executive director of the county’s human relations office.

Coleman was hired in 2007. Her recent dismissal from the
$80,000-per-year-post was part of a plan to save money.

Clark said loss of Coleman’s expertise undermined the HRC’s
progress and that the resignations were meant to send a strong
statement to the county commission.

County officials say they now will advertise for new applicants
to fill the 12-member board.

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