Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UG to host hearing on public safety recruitment

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- A public hearing will be held this Thursday in relation to the Unified Government's efforts in recruiting a more diverse public safety unit.

More information from the UG:
Mark Holland, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas will host a public hearing at City Hall for the Mayor’s Public Safety Recruitment Task Force this Thursday, February 5th, at the beginning of the 7 p.m. Board of Commissioners Meeting. 
The public is invited to attend and give comment regarding diversity in public safety recruitment in Wyandotte County. 
Mayor Holland initiated formation of the Task Force in early 2014 and invited the Department of Justice to join the conversation early in the process. 
The Task Force is chaired by local pastor, Reverend Jimmie Banks, and consists of representatives from all KCK Public Safety Departments, Wyandotte County School Districts, The Archdiocese, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Donnelley College, appointees from all UG Commissioners and other community organizations.  
“Our Task Force meetings have generated thoughtful discussion and innovative ideas,” said Mayor Holland. “Now we need to hear from our residents. It is imperative their input is heard and considered as we move forward.” 
The goal of the Task Force is to form an action plan by April 2015 that includes steps to guide Unified Government Commissioners and Administration to improve diversity in public safety recruitment.