Racial Equity and Inclusion

The City continues to make progress on the Council’s strategic priority of advancing equity and inclusion. Hiring a full-time Racial Equity Coordinator in late 2019 moved this priority forward. The Racial Equity Coordinator is responsible for integrating race and equity principles into all operations, projects and services of the City. The coordinator will accomplish this through the application and integration of best practices, training City staff, and tracking and measuring outcomes.

The City is also making progress in recruiting and hiring a more diverse workforce. Of the more than 100 individuals hired for full-time City positions since January 2016, 24% identify themselves of as persons of color. Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve builds connections, enhances trust and expands perspectives, which ultimately results in better service to all residents.