Tuscaloosa County Commission examining diversity efforts

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua 

A Tuscaloosa County Commission member is looking at addressing racial disparities in hiring among county and city workers

District 4 Commissioner Reginald Murray headed a special committee researching the issue and brought his findings to the commission’s meeting Wednesday.

Findings included a lower number of Black employees in management positions than would be expected given Tuscaloosa County’s nearly 30% Black population. About 60% of Tuscaloosa County’s residents are white, and less than 1% are other minorities.

Murray said he’s hoping the county can change its hiring processes in the future so employees better reflect the makeup of the work force.

“(I want to make) sure that there is equity within Tuscaloosa County and its employment along with the city of Northport and city of Tuscaloosa,” Murray said.

Murray presented recommendations regarding future hiring practices, including:

  • Evaluate job exams and update exams and job descriptions
  • Grade tests in a fair and objective manner
  • Outsource employment testing
  • Advertise job opportunities on social media, recruiting boards and other locations
  • Provide management training
  • Hire the best candidates for jobs with consideration given for diversity
  • Hire a human resources consultant
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