Santa Rosa equity plan identifies improvements in recruitment, workplace culture

12 January 2023

An employee-led effort to ensure equal treatment and opportunities for all Santa Rosa city employees returned 30 recommendations for how the city can improve equity, diversity and belonging within City Hall.

The proposals, part of an equity plan presented to the City Council on Tuesday, included expanding recruitment efforts to historically underrepresented groups to diversify the hiring pool. Other recommendations called for addressing inequities in opportunities for promotions and developing practices to address isolation among workers.

The plan also called for creating various dashboards with recruitment and hiring statistics and other information to measure the city’s progress.

Overall, the goal is to create a more welcoming and supportive work environment for the city’s 1,629 employees, one of the largest municipal workforces in the Bay Area.

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