City directors say Fort Smith needs more diversity in city employees | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

City directors say Fort Smith needs more diversity in city employees

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Fort Smith City Directors Tracy Pennartz and Keith Lau pushed a city board discussion Tuesday at which several agreed the city workforce lacks diversity.

Of 895 city employees, 89.5 percent are white and 81 percent are male. According to 2014 Census data, the city is 77 percent white and women constitute slightly more than half of the population. There's one black police officer among 151.

From the Southwest Times-Record, a quote from the only black member of the board, Andre Good, about police and fire hiring:

"We have had African Americans pass every single portion of the testing, and when it gets down to the point where it is subjective questioning from the panel or the Civil Service Commission, in that questioning process, the numbers get dropped," Good said. "I'm just trying to get to the real matter of why there's so much disparity, particularly in the police and fire department." 
 Good question.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016

Most Shared

  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.
  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation