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Human Rights Commission approves 2 new board members

Mason City Human Rights Commissioner Brian McNamarra and Dean Genth
Mason City Human Rights Commissioner Brian McNamara and Dean Genth

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission approved two new board members at a special meeting last week.

The board approved Mayor Eric Bookmeyer appointments of Matt Dodge and Joey Van Zomeran.

Joey Van Zomeren is the executive director of the Trinity House of Hope and the Northern Lights Homeless Shelter and is on the Board of Directors at the North Iowa Fair Association.

Matt Dodge runs an insurance office in Mason City and is one of the city’s largest landlords.  He is also a member of the Mason City Civil Service Commission.  He is likely to resign the position at the Civil Service Commission. has confirmed that there was previous tension within the last couple of years between Mr. Dodge and the Human Rights Commission, and the matter was taken to a federal agency in Kansas City to be resolved.

The Mason City Council must formally approve the appointments before they become official.

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