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ICMA CONFERENCE: BLACK OFFICER RECRUITMENT IS UNDER FIRE

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US city managers are encountering serious problems in drives to appoint more black officers, the conference heard....
US city managers are encountering serious problems in drives to appoint more black officers, the conference heard.

Affirmative action is in retreat in the US following court judgments that subject these policies to strict federal review.

'I was told: 'You've appointed two black officials, now that's enough',' said Pasadena city manager Phil Hawkey.

The managers who spoke were all having difficulties with elected members, press and staff over appointments of black officials.

But they all believed there was a need to pursue racial diversity policies. Bobby Garcia, directory officer in Austin, Texas, said this was not political correctness but good management and good business in a diverse community.
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