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Bellone Calls For Reform After Report Shows Civil Service 99% White

Office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaks to the media last month.

Suffolk County issued a new report that shows a severe lack of diversity in the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service. The report also includes some ideas to resolve this problem.

The Human Resources Department only has one person of color out of 77 employees.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says this is a problem because it doesn’t reflect the county’s diverse population.

“The review makes it abundantly clear that the department of civil service must be reformed to ensure that we create a culture of innovation and diversity to attract and attain the best talent in the workforce.”

The report recommends the department prioritize diversity in leadership to have the public sector employee population resemble the county’s increasingly diverse constituency.

Bellone also nominated the county’s first-ever chief diversity officer, who will need to be approved by the legislature.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.