Vacant Human Rights Commissioner Spot to be Filled by Spencer Chiimbwe
by Rockland Daily Staff
Born and raised in Zambia and now a Stony Point resident, Spencer Chiimbwe was supported unanimously for the position of human rights commissioner.
Chiimbwe has performed human rights work locally and abroad and has been a Rockland's Human Rights Commission member since February.
On November 1, County Executive Ed Day announced in front of community stakeholders that Chiimbwe would fill the position that has been open since last April.
According to Rockland.gov, the Rockland County Commission on Human Rights is dedicated to investigating discriminatory practices related to housing, employment, race, creed, age, national origin, marital status, and/or disability. The commission also fosters understanding among diverse groups and works to mediate or reduce tensions or conflicts in the community.
"We were anxious to fill this," Day said. He also clarified that the county did not rush the process and followed an extensive recruitment process for the position, which pays $105,000 annually. The Rockland Legislature must confirm the appointment.
"Human rights transcend race, religion, or any groups we subscribe to," said Spencer Chiimbwe at Tuesday's event. "I call upon the residents of Rockland, and all the stakeholders of human rights work in our county to give me a chance to skillfully work with everybody in fulfilling my mandate as Commissioner of Human Rights."
Chiimbwe has a long resume of professional experience, including work for:
Rockland County, as a Grants Specialist for the American Rescue Plan Act Department
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, as a volunteer
ACTION Support Center, securing grants from entities like the Ford Foundation
New York State Senate, conducting legislative research and drafting policy documents
United African Congress, inspiring community engagement and participation around critical issues like health care, domestic violence, education, and empowerment
When In Need Foundation, as Vice President
"Without question, he has extensive experience working across cultural lines and with extremely diverse communities," said Day. "We are confident that his prior experience will give him a necessary advantage in his new role, as our Human Rights Commissioner needs to be omnipresent throughout Rockland."