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Civil rights advocate Angelicia Morris terminated from Schenectady County post

Civil rights advocate Angelicia Morris terminated from Schenectady County post

No reason given for Morris’ departure
Civil rights advocate Angelicia Morris terminated from Schenectady County post
Angelica Morris speaks at the Women’s March in Albany in January 2019
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Staff Photographer

SCHENECTADY — A prominent advocate for civil rights in the county has been terminated. 

Angelicia A. Morris, the executive director of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, was dismissed earlier this week. 

“Tuesday morning she received notice that her services were no longer needed by the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission and she should depart by that afternoon,” said Randall McGough, chairman of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission's Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition.

McGough, speaking on behalf of Morris, said no reason was given for the decision and Morris is attempting to discern the specific reason. 

“Perhaps there were issues with her performance, but we don’t know that that’s the case,” McGough said. 

The county Human Rights Commission works with county residents who believe their rights have been violated. 

The Commission is composed of 15 commissioners appointed by the county Legislature and is the policy-making body of the county's Human Rights Department. 

Morris became the first African-American woman to lead a county agency when she was appointed in 2013.

The Binghamton native and University at Albany graduate previously served as executive secretary for former Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton.

Morris is in consultation with Latham-based attorney Kevin Luibrand to discuss potential next steps.

“Ang’s career is remarkable and she has done so much through the commission for the community,” Luibrand said. “She was a go-to person and we’re strategizing over what to do next. We have several options.”

A county spokesperson confirmed Morris is no longer employed by the county but declined further comment, citing a personnel matter.

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