Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Stacie Clayton of Detroit, Ira Combs of Jackson, and Alma Wheeler Smith of South Lyon to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

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

"I thank this group for their commitment to protecting the rights of Michiganders," said Snyder.

Clayton is the assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Urban Initiatives in Detroit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University. She will represent Independents and replace Bradley Voss.

Combs is the founder and pastor of Greater Bible Way Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith in Jackson. He currently serves on Spring Arbor University’s Board of Trustees and as treasurer of American 1 Credit Union Board of Directors. Bishop Combs holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Indiana Bible College and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Aenon Bible College. He will represent Republicans and replace Linda Lee Tarver.

Smith serves on the board of directors for the Regional Transit Association of Southeast Michigan, Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and Michigan Legislative Retirement System. In addition, she serves as chair of the University Bank Board. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Michigan. She will represent Democrats and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Deloris Hunt.

Clayton and Combs will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2021 and Smith will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.