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26 June 2012

Black Elected Official Suggests Fulton County Should Hire More White Folks

In an email sent to constituents Monday, Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts said Fulton's workforce must "become more diverse."

Pointing to 2010 Census statistics showing Fulton County having a non-black population of 520,124 (56.5%), Pitts said, "Fulton County must also reflect in its hiring practices the population which we represent."

41% (376,014) of Fulton County's total population is white. 7.8% (72,566) is Hispanic. 5.5% (51,304) is Asian. Other races make up 2.1% (20,240) of Fulton's total population.

According to Pitts, however, 82% of Fulton County's 4,851 full-time employees are black.

Pitts says Fulton County government should keep up with the changing demographics.

"I would encourage the County Manager to find ways to inform all ethnicities when new positions arise and make a concerted effort to diversify our employee base," Pitts said.