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Blackwell’s ordinance calls for more diversity on Metro Boards and Commissions

Thursday January 28, 2010

For immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

An effort to ensure a wide range of community participation on Metro Boards and Commissions is the purpose of a proposed ordinance before the Metro Council sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12).

“This ordinance would require that appointments be representative of all geographical areas of Metro Louisville,” says Blackwell. “There have been some concerns over the years that enough is not being done to seek out qualified candidates from not only the east end but from west and south end areas.”

The ordinance received its first reading on Thursday night. It follows similar legislation Councilman Blackwell proposed and the Metro Council approved in the makeup of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in 2009. The Council also requested the Mayor make similar appointments to the Kentucky – Indiana Bi-State Bridges Authority.

“We are fortunate to have a diverse population in Metro Louisville. It’s time that all areas of the community lend their thoughts and expertises too many of these groups who deliver government services or enforce our regulation,” says Blackwell. “I am hopeful that recent work by Leadership Louisville’s Connectors Program will help us to identify qualified candidates in every part of town.”

Joining Blackwell as co-sponsors of the ordinance are; Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Marianne Butler (D-15), Bob Henderson (D-14), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Brent Ackerson (D-26) and Jim King (D-10).

The ordinance has been sent to the Contracts and Appointments Committee.

Sponsor:
Rick Blackwell (D) 12