Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Jacksonville City Council Approves ‘Equal Opportunity’ Ordinance

Ryan Benk

The Jacksonville City Council has passed a law requiring more demographic reporting from city agencies.

It also recommends funding the position of equal opportunity manager to ensure city entities are doing everything they can to broaden their workforces.

Councilman Garrett Dennis, the bill’s sponsor, told his colleagues the law affirms Jacksonville’s commitment to diversity.

“We have an opportunity to affirm what is already stated in our ordinance code — ‘a diverse public workforce that is representative of our community is desirable and can be achieved through equal opportunity, equal access and aggressive recruiting,’ ” he said.

Dennis filed the bill in response to an ongoing federal investigation into complaints of racial discrimination at JEA.

The bill now goes to Mayor Lenny Curry’s desk for his signature.

Reporter Ryan Benk can be reached at, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter @RyanMichaelBenk.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.