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File #: 20-1018    Version: 1 Name: 7/20/20 - Rooney Rule resolution for non-union hires
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/20/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/20/2020 Final action: 7/20/2020
Enactment date: 7/20/2020 Enactment #: R-20-285
Title: Resolution to Implement a 'Rooney Rule' for Executive and Management Level Hires in the City of Ann Arbor
Sponsors: Jeff Hayner, Anne Bannister, Christopher Taylor
Resolution to Implement a 'Rooney Rule' for Executive and Management Level Hires in the City of Ann Arbor
This resolution would direct the City Administrator to implement a 'Rooney Rule' for non-union management and executive level positions in the City of Ann Arbor. The 'Rooney Rule' is a hiring rule implemented in the NFL nearly twenty years ago that requires all teams to interview at least one minority candidate for all head coaching and senior football operations positions.

The city's Human Resources and Labor Relations Department has been working on a draft 'Rooney Rule,' however work was paused when the pandemic started and a hiring freeze was implemented. Additionally, in late 2019 the NFL began receiving public criticism for how ineffective the original version of the 'Rooney Rule' has been at promoting minority hiring. The City began looking at alternatives to promote employee development and advancement-including for minorities who are already in the city workforce-and ways to implement a strengthened 'Rooney Rule' that would be more effective in our organization.

Councilmember Hayner reached out to John Fournier, Assistant City Administrator and Interim HR Director, on this issue on Monday, June 29th and after some discussion the Councilmember indicated that he would be interested in sponsoring a resolution to support the implementation of this policy.
Prepared by: John Fournier, Assistant City Administrator
Sponsored by: Councilmembers Hayner and Bannister
Whereas, Any organization is made stronger by hiring, developing, and retaining a diverse work force comprised of people from different backgrounds, experiences, genders, and ethnicities;

Whereas, Research has shown that the strength of diversity is in the ability of organizations to, through collaborative planning and leadership efforts, subject policies, proposals, and work products to vigorous scrutiny from different perspectives to help identify errors and ...

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