PEORIA, Ill. – During Tuesday night’s Peoria City Council meeting, police and fire leaders presented the Annual Performance Goals Report. The report sheds light on what the city departments do to increase diversity within their ranks.
In 2015 committees were created to make sure the police and fire departments workforce was reflective of the community.
Board members Tuesday asked questions of Police Chief Loren Marion and Assistant Fire Chief Tony Ardis.
According to the reports, the fire department has 192 employees, 80% of which are Caucasian men and 20% are minorities and women. The police department reports 208 employees, with 81% Caucasian men and 19% minorities and women.
These numbers are higher than those reported last year; in the fire department 15.6% employees were minorities, in the police department that number was 18.3%.
Last year, members set a goal for the departments to hit about a 40% minority workforce.
Both department leaders expressed they will continue to try and recruit more minority employees. Councilwoman Denise Moore suggested the fire and police departments speak with the city’s new diversity officer to help in recruitment.
This story will be updated.