Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Councilman Stepanek issues press release on Diversity Coordinator position




On Tuesday the City Council will begin to identify steps towards hiring a Diversity Coordinator. This position was initially proposed by Councilor Ben Stepanek in the 2016 Budget, but was rejected by the City Council at that time. After Councilors received numerous emails in support of the position it has taken top priority. If created, the position would help Oshkosh compete in a globalizing society and attract millenials to the community.

"During the 2016 Budget deliberations, I held listening sessions, spoke with community stakeholders & I recognized the need & public support for hiring a Diversity Coordinator by the City," Stepanek said. " I am looking forward to seeing this position in the City Managers 2017 Budget proposal. I am thrilled with the public support that has come pouring in on this issue & even more excited about how far the City Councilors opinion have come on this issue in the last three months. I am glad that more Councilors are getting engaged in the discussion & putting forward ideas on how to make this position a reality in Oshkosh," he said. 

The Council will need to approve the position in the 2017 City budget. For more information on this position please contact Ben Stepanek @ 920-765-1072 bstepanek@ci.oshkosh.wi.us. Community members can email their Councilors in support of a Diversity Coordinator in the City by using the link below.

* Editor's Note: Meanwhile, there will be a general Conversation on Diversity held in the Council Chambers and sponsored by Councilors Clark and Pech on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 7:30 pm. This discussion is intended to have citizens talk with the councilors and each other about their feelings and thoughts regarding diversity in today's society. Citizens are therefore encouraged to attend.  


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