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New civil rights director in Ohio was labor official, judge

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 18:10:58-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has a new executive director starting Monday. Angela Phelps-White, a former labor relations administrator and common pleas court judge, was tapped after a search to succeed G. Michael Payton, who retired.

The commission investigates charges of discrimination and harassment in employment, places of public accommodation, housing, credit and disability in higher education. Phelps-White, of the Franklin County community of Blacklick, will oversee all agency business in the commission's five regional offices in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, its Cincinnati satellite office and central administrative offices in Columbus.