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Appointment made to Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder recently appointed Linda Gobler, of Williamston, to the state Civil Rights Commission.

She will serve out the remainder of a four-year appointment expiring Dec. 31, 2014, replacing Stephanie Comai, who resigned.

"Thanks to Linda for serving on this important commission," Snyder said.

Gobler, who will represent Republicans on the commission, is the president and CEO of the Michigan Grocers Association, where she has served in multiple capacities for the past 25 years. She previously served as a legislative analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives, as an administrator for the Greater Lansing Urban League, and she helped launch the Lansing Women's Economic Club. Gobler has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2013 McManus Leadership Award from the Food Marketing Institute. She earned a bachelor's degree in social sciences/social work from Michigan State University.

Gobler's appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

The eight-member board investigates alleged discrimination against any person. No more than four members can be from the same political party.