No takers for city’s diversity position

Need to integrate workforce, represent population pressing


The administration is claiming there are no qualified candidates to name to the newly created Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Created more than a year ago, the new office is intended to deal with latent and overt racism in Everett.

Also, Everett needs to integrate its city workforce which is woefully and embarrassingly absent of people of color and ethnicity.

It is estimated that as little as 5% of the city workforce are non-whites at a time when the city’s population is largely immigrant, Black, and brown.

Recent racially charged incidents involving Councilor Gerly Adrien and the mayor and some of her city council colleagues point to the need for the position to be filled as soon as possible.

The inherent racism in public efforts to have Adrien resign or to shutter her from a ZOOM meeting, as the mayor suggested recently, has cast some doubt on the administration’s ability to run the city government without a constant flow of highly public civil rights violations.

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The mayor’s diversity scam

It is high time for the mayor to end his fake diversity scam. On diversity, the mayor talks out of both sides of the mouth.

Coming out of one side of his mouth is this: he is the leader of the city pleading for diversity, dedicated to appointing a diversity chief in his administration, holding conferences with a respected Black leader in the community, and professing for all to hear, “diversity.”

From the other side of his mouth comes the fakery he is known for, which carries his signature and imprimatur, as the ancients would have said of his actions.

That is, there is no diversity to speak of coming from his administration.

The city is without a diverse workforce.

In twelve years at the helm, nothing has essentially changed about the city’s nearly all-white workforce.

The mayor as the bottom line makes certain Everett’s workforce remains this way.

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Adrien’s campaign war chest growing

Everett City Hall lobby. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

At $65k only the mayor has more cash on hand


Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien’s recently filed political campaign fund revealed she has about $65,000 in the bank and ready to go with about $4,000 owed to vendors as the New Year begins.

This compares with the mayor holding about $125,000 in his campaign account.

Also, the mayor is continuing to pay large monthly stipends to a well-known criminal attorney and his worldwide law firm.

What those payments are for remains an unanswered question for the mayor and most voters.

Adrien collected the campaign funds from 1,000 donors, some contributing as little as $2.00 in what is believed to be the biggest surprise to the political community in Everett.

The contributions come from local women and men and organizations wanting to show their grassroots support for Adrien, the first and only Black woman to serve on the Everett City Council.

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— Eye on Everett —

Mayor fails at diversity

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By Josh Resnek

In the city of Everett today the population is 92% minority, with the multi-cultural nature of the city increasing everyday. There is very little evidence the city has done anything to encourage this.

Nowhere is this absence of interest in racial balance for the city government more evident than in the city’s most public place, city hall.

In fact, the evidence, that is, what one sees when one gets beyond the nearly entirely white veneer of the employee force of city hall, points to the mayor ignoring the minority population of the city in his archaic, backward and racist hiring policies. He pays lip service to being for everyone in Everett in his public statements.

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Newly sworn in City Councilors Gerly Adrien, Jimmy Tri Le and Stephanie Martins stand together at the end of the City of Everett’s 2020 Inaugural Ceremonies at City Hall.

This is a bold faced lie.

“Everyone” in his lexicon means all those who are not from minorities. They need not apply.

The mayor could care less about minorities.

He has proven this year after year for longer than a decade.

He shows very little real interest in minorities populating the city hall workforce.

City hall’s workforce should not be one group or another occupying all the lesser and better positions.

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Mayor Missing Mark with Diversity

The mayor believes he is remaking the city after his own fashion but he is leaving out diversity in his decision making when he makes his city hall workforce hires.

Statistics don’t lie and statistics reveal that Everett is all wrong racially with a dramatic absence of people of color and ethnicity working in leadership positions at city hall.

This despite the fact that the city is more than 50% non-white.

City hall not representing the population that lives here is not just a mistake in public policy but at this point it seems like something done by the mayor by design.

How can the mayor explain the disparity in numbers of people of color and ethnicity holding important positions as department heads at city hall?

He can’t and he won’t.

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