Washtenaw Commissioners Expected To Create Equity Director Position For Sheriff's Office

Mar 3, 2021

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet tonight, and one resolution is aimed at cultivating a culture of inclusivity within the Sheriff’s Office.  We have more from WEMU’s Heather Irvine.


Last month, the County Committee of Ways and Means voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that moves to the Board of Commissioners for final approval tonight.  The motion is to create the position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  This is an executive position in the Sheriff’s office and will have authority across the department to cultivate a culture of inclusivity, equity, fairness, and procedural justice that affects all members of the public.  

County Commissioner Ricky Jefferson explains its impact. 

“There is a need to make sure that our people that we hire are prepared with a perspective of diverse culture that we live in here in Washtenaw County.”

Tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting is at 6:45 pm.  Jefferson says the resolution is expected to pass. 

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— Heather Irvine is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her studio@wemu.org