County creates chief opportunity officer/trainer

York County Commissioners and representatives of the York County Planning Commission announced on Wednesday, June 17, at the Commissioners meeting that two new positions will be established in each organization to address diversity, equity and inclusion. The county's position is the chief opporotunity officer/trainer. The Planning Commision's new position will be the equity and inclusion community planner.

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The meeting was streamed on the county's Facebook page, which can be viewed below.

The population of York County has grown steadily over the years and has become more diverse. A diverse county fuels innovation, supports robust communities and a rich cultural life.

Disparities in race, ethnicity and poverty afflict our residents across the entire county. These inequities can and must be addressed as York County has a responsibility to provide all its residents with equitable access to our public resources.

This position will be responsible for development and leadership of the county’s diversity, equity and inclusion program. This individual will develop, perform and coordinate countywide training initiatives to ensure the development of a highly skilled workforce and facilitate the communication of county philosophies, policies and procedures.

“The creation of a chief opportunity officer in York County government affirms our commitment to ensuring that our staff mirrors the demographics of the community we serve” stated Kristy Bixler, deputy administrator for the County of York.

The position has been posted to the county's website. People interested in the position can apply for it here. 

York County Planning Commission Director Felicia Dell also shared, “The equity and inclusion community planner position within the Planning Commission will be responsible for a countywide community plan to create an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of county residents. We look forward to working with our various partners, including the county’s chief opportunity officer, toward a common goal.”

The Planning Commission's position will not be posted until next month.


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