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Parvez Ahmed reappointed to Jacksonville's Human Rights Commission

10:55 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He's the controversial commissioner at the center of a citywide discussion.

That discussion -- focusing on whether to confirm Dr. Parvez Ahmed for a second term on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

On Tuesday night, the City Council voted 13-to-6 in favor of Ahmed's re-appointment and a second term.

The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission investigates complaints of alleged discriminatory or unfair practices.

Ahmed's background and his Muslim religion have been a hot topic for discussion.

"It is amazing that we are showing discrimination when we are trying to keep it positive," said Tom Serwatka, UNF VP Chief of Staff. "If we're going to have somebody strong on the HRC, that person needs to be able to understand the law and apply the law strong on the law and I think this needs to go back to the Rules Committee."

Dr. Ahmed did not attend tonight's meeting. First Coast News called him to get his reaction to the news and he has not yet returned our calls.

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