For decades, the city has said it wants to increase minority representation on its payrolls, but it’s clear the recruiting efforts are not resulting in significantly higher levels of diversity, Shaw said.
Shaw called on the city’s civil service board to change how it recruits employees to better attract women and people of color.
“I am interested in ways to do this differently so that we have better outcomes,” Shaw said. “Whatever we’ve been doing, that’s not working.”
Police and fire recruitment of minorities is abysmal, and the city needs to go meet community members where they are and educate them about the good-paying job opportunities with the city, Shaw said.
This newspaper has reached out to the police department for comment. We will update the story as more information is available.