Michigan Civil Rights Commission Congratulates and Thanks Director White for His Work

Contact: Jeannette Johnson JohnsonJ106@michigan.gov

May 17, 2021

LANSING, MI--Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement on the resignation of Michigan Civil Rights Director James White:

"The Michigan Civil Rights Commission extends sincere congratulations to Director James White for being named Interim Chief of the Detroit Police Department. While we are saddened by his departure, we are very pleased with the positive impact he made during his time leading the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. 

In his relatively brief tenure at the helm of the department, Director White has made a lasting impact. The changes he made to processes and structure already have boosted efficiency and morale; expanded and enhanced our training offerings; and extended our reach into communities experiencing hate, bias and discrimination. 

We firmly believe that he will be a transformative leader upon his return to the Detroit Police Department. We look forward to partnering with Chief White in the months ahead on issues of mutual interest."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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