Here are the recommendations by U.S. Department of Justice conciliation specialist Diane Mitchum to Mayor James
L. Hutchison Sr. on how Dover could improve race relations. City officials would not release the recommendations,
which The News Journal obtained from the Justice Department under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Create a multicultural advisory board to advise city government on human relations issues.
Create an ombudsman position in City Hall to handle community problems and help the mayor and council
implement programs affecting minority communities.
Conduct a series of town hall meetings to allow residents to voice their concerns.
Establish a commission on race relations.
Hold a "tightly controlled public forum," a recommendation that was made amid the racial tensions
sparked by the death of a black man while in police custody.
Although the City Council has established the community relations commission, it has not addressed the
ombudsman recommendation. It does hold quarterly town meetings and solicits public comments at the start of
each regular meeting.
The 15 members of the newly formed Dover Human Relations Commission bring a variety of interests and
backgrounds to the panel.
The members are:
Robin F. Case, school administrator
Walter R. Davis III, entrepreneur and consumer advocate
John J. Kotzun, credit union employee
Michael J. Malkiewicz, lawyer
Maisha D. Britt, active in church and community affairs
Mittie J. Kelley, equal employment opportunity manager for civilians at Dover Air Force Base
Ellen O. Wasfi, longtime activist in League of Local Governments of Greater Dover
Phyllis Levitt, retired teacher, arts advocate, board member of Delaware's chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union
Renora H. Lott, active in church and community affairs; wife of Bishop Marion Lott, president of the
Concerned Clergy and Citizens Coalition
Nilakantan Nagarajan, University of Maryland professor and treasurer of the Delaware State Conference
of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Warren H. Rhodes, psychology professor at Morgan State University
Gregory J. Bunkley, program administrator for Connections CSP Inc., which provides outpatient
substance abuse treatment
Phyllis Edamatsu, director of strategic planning and institutional research at Delaware State
Peter A. Oldziey, financial adviser, active in Bahai community.
Susan Salkin, community development coordinator for state Division of the Arts