Groups promote diversity in Longview workplaces

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:01am

Carlos Samples wants to figure how to motivate females and racial minority employees in Longview municipal agencies to seek promotion.

“I don’t have the answer to that. I wish I could flip a switch to figure out why,” said Samples, a black Longview police sergeant. “Some people don’t want to move up.”

In at least the past four years, city agencies such as police and fire departments have tried myriad ways to foster diversity, from cadet programs and training to hiring policy changes and up-front tuition payments for career advancement. Local volunteers and municipal workers and administrators heralded those efforts when they met for lunch at Maude Cobb Activity Center on Monday.

The joint meeting of City Manager David Willard’s Applicant Diversity Team and the Race Relations Committee’s Diversity Advisory Council ended with a 15-minute group discussion about the city’s next steps, and why some Longview employees are not taking available steps to promotion and better pay.

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