Mayor Don Wesely today named Joyce Quinn the Affirmative Action Director for the City of Lincoln. As the Affirmative Action Director, Quinn will be responsible for developing, implementing, directing and coordinating affirmative action and diversity programs and activities for the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and the Lincoln Electric System.
"I am very proud of the fact that we took the time and found a very qualified, passionate candidate to be the city's first full-time Affirmative Action Director," said Wesely. "The recent census results reveal Lincoln is more diverse, and we need to reflect that diversity in local government. Quinn has an excellent background in law and human rights issues. I look forward to her efforts to bring more diversity into our city and county workforce."
A screening committee completed two screening processes over a seven-month period, reviewing more than 55 applications. The Mayor interviewed the three finalists recommended to him by the citizen panel. Quinn will begin work Monday, May 14. Her starting annual salary will be $45,000.
Quinn has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. From December 1998 through September 2000 she was an Equal Opportunity Compliance Investigator for the Washington State Human Rights Commission. In that position she investigated complaints of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. She has also worked as a contract attorney for a private practice; as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge William L. Dwyer in the Western District of Washington; and as a research and writing assistant for the Mediation Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law.
"As Affirmative Action Director, my goal will be to identify barriers to equal opportunity and to promote inclusion in the city-county workforce," said Quinn. "We must make sure that employment selections result from the consideration of a diverse pool of qualified candidates. Where opportunities arise, each eligible person regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, gender or other protected status should have equal notice and consideration."
Quinn's duties will include monitoring the Americans with Disabilities Act; recruiting ethnic, racial and under-represented individuals for the applicant pool and to serve on city and county boards and committees; developing policies that encourage retention of protected group members; and developing, implementing and coordinating diversity training. She will also be a member of the Mayor's Cabinet.
Under the previous administration, a mayoral assistant was assigned affirmative action as one of his duties. Wesely initially designated the Personnel Director as the Affirmative Action Officer when he took office in 1999. He made it a full-time position in the 2000-2001 city budget, which the City Council approved last year.