Sykes Leaving Civil Rights Commission

Barbara Sykes
Barbara Sykes

Barbara Sykes, the embattled head of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, says she will resign effective Dec. 31.

Sykes was appointed to the position by Gov. Ted Strickland this summer but still faced an Ohio Senate confirmation hearing today at 2:30 p.m.

Sykes and Strickland have disagreed over a plan to order nearly all Ohio companies to offer 12 weeks of maternity leave to workers. The governor last week announced he was no longer backing his hand-picked choice.

In a letter to the Governor, Sykes wrote, “Recently, the important work of the Commission has been detracted by political back and forth,” and that she offers her resignation “in hopes of hastening resolution of this issue and allowing the Commission to return to the numerous other cases before them.”