Detroit — Two candidates will be interviewed for the job of executive director at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

The public meeting is Friday afternoon at Wayne State University law school in Detroit.

The candidates are Akia Haynes of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and attorney Agustin Arbulu, a former member of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. They will be interviewed by the state commission.

The commission said Thursday that Portia Roberson, civil rights chief for the city of Detroit, has withdrawn from consideration.

The commission investigates discrimination against Michigan residents because of religion, race, sex and other factors. It was announced in July that Executive Director Matt Wesaw would be stepping down when his contract ends this month.

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