Mayor Slay has appointed April Ford-Griffin as director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CREA). The position has been open since Ruby L. Bonner retired on July 1, 2011.
"CREA is a vitally important agency," said Mayor Slay. "I'm confident that April will thoughtfully and effectively carry out CREA's mission to eliminate and remedy discrimination in all aspects of City living."
Ms. Ford-Griffin, who currently represents the City's 5th Ward as alderwoman, was first elected in 1997. During her time as alderwoman, she served as chairman of the Ways and Means and the Neighborhood Development Committees. She also served on the Housing and Urban Development, Streets, Transportation and Personnel Committees. The 5th Ward experienced more than $850,000,000 of new residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure development during her time in office.
"I'm honored to continue serving the City's residents as director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency," said Ford-Griffin. "I've long been a proponent of ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all people regardless of their race, color or religious beliefs and this agency strives to achieve just that. I want to thank Mayor Slay for this opportunity and his confidence in me."
Ford-Griffin will leave her seat on the Board of Alderman on September 30, 2011 and begin as director of CREA on October 3, 2011.