The mayor proposed a large number of appointments to city hall committees and boards and almost without exception, he failed to make some room for minority appointments.
He found room for his brother Carmine DeMaria.
The mayor appointed his brother to a position on the DPW Commission.
The mayor reappointed his tenant Dominic Puleo to a three year term on the Everett Housing Authority.
Consistent with the mayor’s way of doing business, he neither sent evidence of background reports or signed affidavits indicating each appointee understands the ethic code they are bound by to the councilors before they cast their votes.
Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien said she would not vote for any of the mayor’s choices without receiving proper background information about them.
She left the council chamber.
When Carmine DeMaria’s name came up, Councilor Anthony DiPierro recused himself from voting as he is related to the mayor.
It is both surprising and a bit disappointing that no one on the city council noted that minority appointees were nearly exclusively left out of the mix.
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.
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.
Everett’s work force at city hall is not reflective of the vastly changed place that Everett has become in the past ten years, according to a review of demographic statistics provided by the US Census bureau.
Despite the mayor’s promise to make Everett a better place, excluding minorities from positions of importance in percentiles representing the new Everett growing up all around us, is not considered fair or reasonable public policy.
Despite huge numbers and growing percentiles of residents who are Hispanic and Black or African American, city hall’s workforce is largely absent of Black, African American or Hispanic department heads and even lags way behind neighboring cities in percentages of rank and file city employees of color and ethnicity from those racial groups.