Human Relations Rights

Overland Park prohibits unlawful discrimination against any person on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, religious beliefs or socio-economic status in any of its programs or facilities. 

The city is committed to supporting an environment of inclusion by ensuring all citizens are fairly and equally treated and have equal opportunities and access to employment, housing, contractual work with the city and public accommodations.

If you believe you have been discriminated against by any member of the Overland Park Police Department, please contact the Chief of Police or the Professional Standards Unit in the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6000.

If you believe you have been discriminated against with regard to an infrastructure project that requires a city contract, such as constructing a road or building, please contact the City Engineer in the Public Works Department at 913-895-6040.

If you believe you have been discriminated against in terms of a fair housing issue, please contact Judy Paulette, neighborhood services coordinator, at 913-895-6339.

If you believe you have been discriminated against by an employee of the City of Overland Park or in any other interaction within Overland Park, please contact Assistant City Manager Kate Gunja at 913-895-6110. Further, if you believe you have been discriminated against by a private entity or individual, feel free to contact  Kate Gunja and the city will assist you in contacting the proper organization or entity that may help you.

Fair Housing Committee

The Fair Housing Committee investigates fair housing complaints filed with the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department and is responsible for conducting hearings on these complaints. You can also contact the local HUD office for additional information about applicable federal laws.

The state also has the Kansas Fair Housing Office, which accepts complaints and works with citizens.

The city’s committee has six members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Governing Body. Members serve two-year terms.

Committee Meetings

Regular meetings are not held; however, meetings are convened when a complaint is filed with the city.

The public is welcome to attend the public meetings. Contact Judy Paulette, supervisor of neighborhood services, at 913-895-6339 for more information.