Loganville Councilman Rey Martinez was one of two people sworn in Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Equal Opportunity.
Martinez was named to the post in October and has spent his time since learning about his responsibilities.
“I am honored to have been nominated and appointed by Gov. Deal to serve as a commissioner on the advisory board for the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, which is administratively attached to the Governor’s Office,” Martinez said following the formal ceremony. “I am also honored to work with the agency’s Executive Director Melvin Everson, who I know from his time as a former Snellville councilman and state representative for District 106.
“This post is important as the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity plays a pivotal role in ensuring all citizen civil rights are protected, not violated.”
The Commission on Equal Opportunity is comprised of attorneys and community leaders from across the state. The role and mission of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity is to investigate jurisdictional housing and employment discrimination complaints filed according to the National Fair Housing Act and the Fair Employment Practice Act. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing and housing related activities based on color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status. The Fair Employment Act safeguards individuals from discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or age.
Martinez is serving his second term on the Loganville Council and has served more than two decades in the military, retiring recently from the Navy reserves. He is also a member of American Legion Post 233 in Loganville, is the operator of Rey’s Cuban Café and also sits on the board of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Leaders.
Martinez took part Thursday in his first official meeting, where board members were introduced to the department’s staff, received a brief orientation on the responsibilities of board members and began planning for 2016.
(Editor’s Note: This is a press release from the City of Loganville)