Racine Seeks To Fund Social Equity Officer Position With Stimulus Funds Initially | Local News
ROOT – After passing an ordinance creating the post of social equity officer last week, the city was quick to seek funding.
The finance and personnel committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that city council use $ 500,000 of American Rescue Plan Act money to fund the position over the next four years.
The city recommended a salary range of $ 77,750 to $ 100,006, depending on experience.
Vicky Selkowe, head of strategic initiatives and community partnerships for the city, said the intention of ARPA funds was to respond to communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, the funding of the position corresponds to the city’s objective of diversifying the workforce.
According to data from early 2021, of the city’s 700 or so employees, only 78 were black, and of those, only 14 were women.
The data was similar for members of the Hispanic community. Only 79 employees identified as Hispanic and, of those, only 27 were women.
Although the city has long talked about diversification, the workforce is 76% white, even though only 65% ââof the city’s population is white.