The City of Morganton’s Human Relations Commission (the HRC) strives to foster an open community by promoting understanding of human relations; investigating and studying problems, complaints, and specific situations; and makes recommendations to the City to facilitate orderly change to solve issues of oppression, discrimination, and injustice. 

Since its inception in 1993, the HRC has served as a conduit and an advisory board to the Mayor and City Council.  While citizens can always reach out directly to their elected officials, they can also bring issues and concerns to the HRC by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name, address, and contact information in all communications. If you do not prefer email, you can send mail to the HRC at P.O. Box 3448, Morganton, NC 28680-3448, or come by one of the monthly meetings.  The HRC typically meets the 4th Tuesday of every month with social time beginning at 5:15 PM and business beginning at 5:30 PM.  The meeting location can vary throughout the City, so check the City website or call Dianne Stuart at (828) 438-5253 for more information. 

The Human Relations Commission consists of 12 to 16 members that are appointed by the Mayor. The Mayor seeks the recommendation and advice of the council for appointments, but does not need the consent of the council to make appointments. Members serve three-year terms.

To the degree possible, appointments to the commission represent the racial, religious and ethnic makeup of the city. At least one member of the commission is a student at Freedom High School, and at least one other member is student at Patton High School.  It is required that at least one member be a representative of the Morganton Public Safety Department.

If you are interested in serving on the HRC, submit an application to Kelly Russell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or mail it to Kelly Russell at P.O. Box 3448, Morganton, NC 28680-3448.

If you would like to serve on the HRC, download an application here:

Term Expires      Member

5/2021 - Rev. Wayne Johnson, Chairperson

5/2021 - Capt. Jason Whisnant, Public Safety Rep.

5/2022 - Gale Jones, Vice-Chairperson

5/2021 - Francisco Risso

5/2021 – Stefonia Vaught

5/2023 - Juan Monroy

5/2023 – Jennifer Moua

5/2022 - Seth P. Hunt

5/2022 - Tricia Evans-Hunt

5/2022 - Alice Horton     / Rosemary Ohnesorge

2020/2021 - Freedom High School Representative - vacant

2020/2021 - Patton High School Representative - vacant

Rus Scherer, Human Resources Director, City Staff / Ex-Officio

Dianne Stuart, Human Resources Specialist, City Staff

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