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City hires equity chief for $80K
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:45

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson announced in late July that Kimberlee Archie will serve as the city’s first-ever equity and inclusion manager, effective July 31. 

Archie, who will be paid an $80,000 salary, will work with internal and external partners, nonprofits, the public and stakeholders to establish the use of an equity lens in all city program and policies. Initial areas of focus will include hiring and human resource management, purchasing, public engagement, sustainability, public safety and community and economic development.

 Her office will be in City Hall, where she will have a direct line of communication with the city manager. She will also be part of the Communication and Public Engagement division, where she will have easy and regular access to all services, programs and initiatives across the organization through the division’s day-to-day support for the services and programs provided by all departments.

 During its annual retreat in January 2016, City Council developed a 2036 vision in which it articulated the community as it is and as it strives to be in 2036.

One of the eight focus areas of the vision articulated – “A Diverse Community” – encompass the equity lens through which the city seeks to achieve its goals, deliver services and programs, and maximize the quality of life for all, Jackson said.



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