After receiving community feedback on two finalist candidates for the city’s new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, city leaders have paused the hiring process until fall.
Community members who offered feedback on the candidates during and after an Aug. 11 presentation had positive notes about both. However, people also expressed concerns about the willingness of each candidate to have a meaningful, physical presence in Battle Creek; neither would choose to move into the city right away.
Because the DEI Officer position is important, and city leaders want to make sure they make the right choice for the city and community, they decided to pause the process, and reflect on the position and its responsibilities before moving forward.
We recently went through the process of an Equity Audit, looking in particular at our Human Resources practices and policies, and our Police Department and community relations.
In August 2022, we are in the process of hiring a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, a new city role. The DEI Officer position was a recommendation from our Equity Audit consultant, MGT. MGT took community feedback, particularly on police issues, and created a report, with recommendations on how to improve our DEI work.
Our new DEI Officer will guide our efforts as a city organization, and champion the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Battle Creek community.