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Mayor Signs Executive Order to Create Diversity Advisory Committee

1/15/2015

Committee Would Promote, Encourage Diverse Metro Government Workforce

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean today signed an executive order to create a Diversity Advisory Committee to help ensure that Metro Government's workforce reflects Nashville's rich diversity.

"The more our workforce reflects the diverse cultures in our community, the better job we do as a local government to provide needed services to our citizens," Mayor Dean said. "We also want our local government to serve as a model for employers in Nashville when it comes to having a diverse workforce."

The Diversity Advisory Committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and will develop a plan that will ultimately assist all Metropolitan Government agencies, boards and commissions in their efforts to recruit, hire and retain a workforce that is inclusive and representative of Nashville's local demographics.

The nine-member committee represents some of Metro's largest departments and a cross-section of Metro leadership. Mayor Dean has appointed Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services, to serve as chairman. Other members include Police Chief Steve Anderson; Metro Action Commission Director Cynthia Croom; Interim Human Resources Director Veronica Frazier; Acting Public Works Director Randy Lovett; Law Director Saul Solomon; Interim Human Relations Commission Director Tom Negri; Fire Chief Ricky White; and Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn. They will hold their first meeting in the coming weeks.

In comparing the demographic makeup of Metro's workforce and Davidson County's population, Metro Government wants to make a concerted effort to add more diversity as the community it serves is changing.

For example, Hispanics make up 9.9 percent of the Davidson County population and 2 percent of the Metro workforce; Asians make up 3.3 percent of Davidson County and 1 percent of the Metro workforce. The white population is 62.3 percent of Davidson County and 70 percent of Metro, while the African-American population in Davidson County is 27.5 percent, and in Metro Government it is 26 percent.

Metro Government has shown a commitment to diversity, including implementation of domestic partner benefits; an executive order reaffirming Metro Government's commitment to ensuring that Metro workplaces are welcoming and accessible to employees with disabilities; establishment of the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance; hiring of a Veterans Service Officer; and the establishment of the Mayor's Office of New Americans.

Read the Executive Order

Mayor signing executive order

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