Please comment on current women and minority participation in city hiring and contracts. Be sure your comments include firefighter and police officer recruitment and promotion.

General

Historically, there has been discrimination against women and minorities in city hiring, and in particular, the hiring and promotion of police and firefighters. Just as is the case in the judiciary, I think we are better served by having people in these roles who have the benefit of diverse life experiences and look like the population they serve. I think affirmative action in hiring and promotion is appropriate particularly in these areas where discrimination is demonstrable.