Shirkey issues statement on civil rights appointment

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, on Tuesday issued the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment last week of Bishop Ira Combs, Jr. of Jackson to a seat on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission:

“Bishop Combs is a very thoughtful and appropriate choice for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. His well-rounded background and experience suit him well for this position.

“He has consistently and personally fought discrimination on many fronts, while pastoring thousands of congregants of diverse backgrounds. He has been a community activist and has openly opposed discrimination in multiple areas, including bank lending and mental health services and housing access for the disabled and mentally ill.

“In addition, he founded a nonprofit organization that provides community staffing and housing for the less fortunate; he is chairman of Michigan’s Adult Foster Care Licensing Advisory Council; and he has served on numerous boards and committees, including the State Child Abuse and Prevention Board.

“Bishop Combs will be a trusted advocate for civil rights for all. He brings broad and much-needed experience and diversity to a commission where diversity is a critical element. I am grateful for his current and past service and appreciate his willingness to serve in such an important role.”