Portland adopts new standard to increase diversity

The City Council adopted the "Rooney Rule"

The city of Portland plans to implement the 'Rooney Rule' when hiring department directors, August 19, 2015 (KOIN)
The city of Portland plans to implement the 'Rooney Rule' when hiring department directors, August 19, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland has adopted a new standard to help increase diversity among its top employee ranks.

The standard will require commissioners to interview at least one qualified minority candidate, female candidate and candidate with a disability for bureau director and other top positions. It will become binding city policy.

The last seven bureau directors hired by the city are middle-aged white men.

The new standard is modeled on the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” which requires that at least one minority candidate be interviewed for head coach and general manager positions. Since it was implemented in 2003, the NFL has seen an increase in the number of minority head coaches.

Portland’s standard was named in honor of Charles Jordan, the first African-American city commissioner.

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