City falls short on minority hiring goal

CHAMPAIGN – The city did not meet its goal for minority work force representation in 2005.

Champaign's goal was to have 14.7 percent of its work force be minorities, but the final percentage was 12.5 percent.

The figures are contained in the city's 2005 affirmative action report, which will be discussed by the Champaign City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The council meets in study session in council chambers at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

The total number of city employees on Dec. 31, 2005, was 546. Of those, 68 were minorities (12.5 percent) and 193 were female (35 percent).

New hires during 2005 numbered 49, including eight minorities and 22 females.

Forty-two employees left city jobs last year, of whom seven were minorities and 22 were female.

The city did not meet its goals for minority representation in four of the eight Equal Employment Opportunity Commission categories. The minority representation targets are based on commission projections for what the city might expect to have in its work force based on their availability in the local, national or regional market from which they are recruited.

Those categories where goals weren't met include officials and administrators, where five of the 66 positions are held by minorities. The projected number of minorities is seven.

The city also isn't meeting projected goals in protective services (fire and police) where 17 of 169 positions are held by minorities. The projected number of minorities is 22.

The city didn't meet its target in skilled craft workers, where four of 36 positions are held by minorities, three less than projected; and in service maintenance where three of the 15 positions are held by minorities, one less than projected.

A memo from the personnel department said Champaign is doing a better job with minority representation in police and firefighting jobs than other central Illinois cities.

Nine percent of Champaign's police force is minority, the report said, compared with 2.5 percent in Bloomington, 5.4 percent in Springfield and 12.2 percent in Urbana.

Champaign's fire department is 8.6 percent minority, compared with 1.8 percent in Springfield, 2.2 percent in Bloomington and 5.5 percent in Urbana.

The goal for minority representation in the 2006 work force will remain at 14.7 percent, the report said.

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