PRESS RELEASE Recent study made by the City of Boston shows that the Boston police and fire departments are the least racially diverse major city agencies in Boston.

PRESS RELEASE

Recent study made by the City of Boston shows that the Boston police and fire departments are the least racially diverse major city agencies in Boston.  

Boston, MA. The Boston police and fire departments are the least racially diverse major city agencies and must be a focus in the push to make City Hall look more like the residents it serves, according to a report by Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration.

The report analyzed the entire municipal payroll and found that while Walsh made good on his campaign pledge to hire a diverse Cabinet, the second tier of leadership at City Hall remains overwhelmingly white.

Overall, the city’s workforce of nearly 17,000 full- and part-time employees is 58 percent white, according to the report, and does not reflect Boston’s increasingly diverse population. African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians constitute 53 percent of the city’s population. “We are pleased that the City of Boston did this very important report. The result of this report represent a challenge and an opportunity for the city and for our communities in order to work together for a more diverse city” declared Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente.  

Concerns about diversity and the city’s workforce extend to gender. If the Boston Public Schools is taken out of the analysis, the report found that there are at least two men for every woman on the payroll. Across all city agencies, women earn on average 14 percent less than their male coworkers. ‘For me, it’s about the opportunity in the next five years.’

The analysis found that Latino and Asian employees are significantly underrepresented at City Hall, while the municipal payroll has a larger share of black employees than Boston has black residents.