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David
11-20-2018, 03:39 PM
Mayor Holt apparently feels like more representation would be good, at least based on this article (https://newsok.com/article/5613185/oklahoma-city-boards-composed-mostly-of-white-men) I saw go by about city board diversity a couple weeks back.


"Our decision-making processes has clearly been driven by white males from northwest Oklahoma City," Holt said.

"And there's a place at the table for white males from northwest Oklahoma City, of course, but we've got to build a bigger table and we've got to have more participation and we've got to go out and really invite people."

Some appointments require selection from a small list of names. Members of the zoo trust, for instance, must be selected from two names submitted by the Oklahoma Zoological Society, per city rules.

Some boards also require specific professional licenses and experience.

But Holt said that isn't an excuse.

"People assume that there aren't minority people ready for these positions, but what I find is that's our flaw as a white person from northwest Oklahoma City," Holt said. "That's us living in our bubble and not realizing that actually there are really talented and educated, great job experience people in all areas of our city. We just need to get out more."

dcsooner
11-20-2018, 04:02 PM
Yes. Terry Childers was the first African American City Manager. 1986-89.

Anyone NOT with Oklahoma ties/connections? maybe with different perspectives or vision?

TheTravellers
11-20-2018, 05:01 PM
A white male baptist that's an OKC lifer and has had jobs dealing with money and not much else, yay, glad they picked the absolute best and most qualified candidate. Briefly thought that his Masters in Urban Affairs might be a good thing, but nope - it's just 6 hours of classes and 3 of those are about money too.

Urban Affairs Option
The curriculum for this option is intended to provide students
a foundation in public policy, with a particular emphasis on the
urban context. Students may choose from courses in political
science or related disciplines to pursue areas of interest within
the broader field of urban affairs.
Urban Affairs Option
Required Courses 6 hrs
PLTSC 5193 Public Finance and Budgeting
PLTSC 5413 Public Policy Analysis

dankrutka
11-20-2018, 10:09 PM
Oh my bad. I just thought we judged people based on character not skin color but I guess it the opposite. Carry on.

Again, no one said that, but it's clear you're not interested in actually discussing the topic.

dankrutka
11-20-2018, 10:11 PM
Again, I don't know much about the process (I am looking forward to learning more from those more informed than me), but the resume seems rather lackluster for a really good, well paying job. You really would think there would be a good pool of candidates.

dankrutka
11-21-2018, 08:14 AM
One other point. Diversity in city government is also about everyone seeing themselves represented and feeling a part of the city. I guarantee a lot of peiole of color and people of low SES do not feel represented. This is evident in, for example, OKC’s lack of dedication to its lackluster bus system. Anyway, here’s an article that speaks to the topic: https://newsok.com/article/5613185/oklahoma-city-boards-composed-mostly-of-white-men

jerrywall
11-21-2018, 08:20 AM
And to reinforce your point, it's not about choosing less qualified people over more qualified people merely in the name of diversity. It's about expanding the search and outreach to include equally if not more qualified candidates in underrepresented groups.

peterclayton
11-26-2018, 07:10 AM
First time, longtime. City employee. Liberal. Urbanist. Not much of a churchgoer.

Iím a little taken aback by the backlash like this to Craig Freeman as City Manager.

Itís not a good hire. Itís a GREAT hire. People who think like me and work for the city are probably almost unanimous in this opinion.

Mr. Freeman is close to universally liked and respected on staff. Heís a collaborator and a thinker. His background in Finance for the city means he thinks of financial efficiency ó which as forum readers here know means more things to encourage urbanism and public transit and active transit, etc.

Give Mr. Freeman some time. Judging someone youíve never met based on a few lines of a resumť is the same kind of prejudicial judgment that elsewhere in life you probably preach against.





A white male baptist that's an OKC lifer and has had jobs dealing with money and not much else, yay, glad they picked the absolute best and most qualified candidate. Briefly thought that his Masters in Urban Affairs might be a good thing, but nope - it's just 6 hours of classes and 3 of those are about money too.

Urban Affairs Option
The curriculum for this option is intended to provide students
a foundation in public policy, with a particular emphasis on the
urban context. Students may choose from courses in political
science or related disciplines to pursue areas of interest within
the broader field of urban affairs.
Urban Affairs Option
Required Courses 6 hrs
PLTSC 5193 Public Finance and Budgeting
PLTSC 5413 Public Policy Analysis

bradh
11-27-2018, 06:27 PM
I'm sure someone will come here and claim you're fake and just a lackey for the new city manager, but that's encouraging to hear.

Laramie
01-12-2019, 11:22 AM
The city manager interview process:

Oklahoman: 3 outside candidates interviewed to be Oklahoma City city manager:
Saturday, January 12, 2019 | William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com

Three outside candidates were among the eight interviewed by the Oklahoma City Council as it searched for a successor to Jim Couch as city manager.

The city released reports on costs to bring the three outside candidates in for interviews. Expenses including airfare and hotels totaled about $1,500.

The council voted Nov. 20 to hire an internal candidate, selecting then-Finance Director Craig Freeman. Freeman officially became the city's top administrator on Jan. 2.

One of the three external candidates drove to the interview, charging only for mileage and tolls.

The others flew into town on Southwest Airlines and stayed overnight, at the city's expense, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

The city redacted names of the external candidates and details of where they were from, citing a state law giving the city discretion to withhold personnel records "where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

The council met privately, in executive session, on Nov. 6 to review 53 resumes, choosing eight finalists. The entire day on Nov. 19 was devoted to interviews.

Freeman, 53, has worked for the city for 26 years. He started as a management and budget analyst and served in posts including budget director.

shawnw
01-12-2019, 12:39 PM
Thanks for that insight. Disappointed about not having the external candidate names (just for curiosity and imagination sake), but cool that we understand this process better.

Pete
01-12-2019, 12:49 PM
^

All 3 are currently employed elsewhere.

Same with the local candidates, which is why they haven't been named publicly.