Box 18, Folder 20, Document 15

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June 6, 1967

, The Mayor’s City Job Opportunities Committee convened
at 3:00 p. m. Tuesday, June 6, 1967, in Committee Room No. 2,
City Hall. The following were present:
Milton G. Farris, Chairman
Carl Paul (representing Carl T. Sutherland)
Ray A. Nixon
Paul Weir
Robert D. Speer (representing S. W. Graydon)
Q. V. Williamson
Messrs. S, W. Graydon and Clarence D, Coleman, members,
were absent. Mr, Paul Weir, General Manager of the Water De-
partment, was appointed to the Committee to fill the vacancy
created by Mr. S. W. Graydon, who will be retiring next month.
A letter to Mr. J. J. Little, Clerk of the Board of Aldermen,
from Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. asking Mr. Little to advise the

Board of Aldermen of Mr. Weir's appointment is attached to and

made a part of these minutes,

After calling the meeting to order, Milton G, Farris,
Chairman, asked Carl Paul, Deputy Director of Personnel, for a
report from the Personnel Department on its activities and asked

that a copy of a letter sent to the Mayor from the Atlanta Summit

Leadership Conference be obtained.
Next, Mr. Paul read a list of the classifications in

whieh Negroes occupy positions. This list is attached to and

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made a part of these minutes. Mr. Farris asked if there were
any stenographer positions occupied by Negroes. Mr, Paul re-
plied, "There are none, but we do have some Negroes in typist

Q. V. Williamson stated, “Our problem in getting good
people in the City jobs is the Personnel Department -- the way
the people are treated down there," He also said that he had
a complaint from his daughter who went to the Personnel Depart-
ment to apply for Junior Accountant, Williamson said that his
daughter was told by a lady in the Personnel office that probably
she didn't want to take the examination for Junior Accountant and
that she should go back to the board to find some other type of
position for which she would like to apply. Mr. Paul said he
was not trying to refute what Mr. Williamson had said, but he
explained that the girl in Personnel probably meant for his
daughter to go over to the board which contains the announce-
ments of the classifications in which positions are vacant to
see if she met the minimum requirements for the position for

which she was applying. Mr. Paul also added that he had talked

to Mr, Sutherland about this particular incident and that Mr.
Sutherland indicated that the girl did not meet the minimum re-~-

quirements for the position for which she was applying. Mr.

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Paul said it was his understanding that the girl was very in-
sistent in saying that she wanted to take the examination. for
Junior Accountant, though she did not meet the requirements for
that classification.

Mr, Farris then related an incident that took place in
one of the Atlanta Public Libraries. He said that he and some |
others went to the Library and that they were "treated like
dogs". He said he told those in charge at the Library that if
the situation didn't change that they would have to get some
new people. Mr. Farris said that if such a situation existed
in the Personnel Department that it had better change. Mr.
Paul said that if it did exist, he was not aware of it.

Q. V. Williamson said that what he thinks the City needs
is a recruiter to recruit people and to let the Negroes know
that they can qualify for and get these better jobs. When Mr.
Farris asked Mr. Paul if the Personnel Department has a re-
cruiter, Mr. Paul said that the Personnel Department does have
a recruiter who goes out and tries to recruit people.

Next, Mr. Paul read a list of eligible registers, a copy
of which is attached to and made a part of these minutes, which
ineludes Negroes in the top three on the individual registers,

pointing out that at the time the lists were made up there were

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no vacnnetee,, He said that the Personnel Department spends
money in many professional magazines, trade journals, and
newspapers in advertising for applicants for vacant positions.
Mr. Farris said that as long as advertising was used instead
of a recruiter that the City would never get people. He also
stated, "I think what we need to do for this Committee's in-
formation so that we can keep up with what we are doing that
the Personnel Department ought to set up a record to show how
many people they have examined, how many were White and Negro,
how many passed the tests, how many were sent to the department
heads for interview, and how many were employed."

Mr. Paul said that the Personnel Department is making
some progress, particularly in promotions. He said, “Two years
ago the Negro would have been afraid to have applied in the
first place, but now they are being appointed into these posi-
tions." He also stated that the Personnel Department has a
Training Coordinator, Mr. Farrow, who is setting up a training
program to train people in the City government so that they can

qualify for promotion. Mr. Nixon added that he and Mr. Farrow

had set up a program for the Construction Department and the
Sanitary Department laborers in which all who were interested
ln learning to operate a truck or equipment could participate.

Next, Mr, Williamson made the following statement: "There

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are five departments that I know of that have made considerable
progress in this thing -- Fire, Police, Construction, Sanitary,
and Comptroller. I think the Water Department can do more."

Mr. Farris read the letter sent to the Mayor by the At-
lanta Summit Leadership Conference and referred each request
that was made in the letter to the proper persons. A copy of _
this letter is attached to and made a part of these minutes.
He also added, "I think the City has done a very creditable
job in absorbing Negroes in its departments in the City govern-
ment. Paul (Mr. Weir), I have had some criticism of the Water
Department." Mr. Weir answered saying, “We will certainly in-
vestigate," Q. V. Williamson said that Mr. Weir could help out
a lot by employing a Negro to work in the Water Department on
the first floor of City Hall. He said that most of the Negroes
who go to City Hall never go beyond the first floor and that if
they could see a Negro working there on the first floor, it
would get a lot of people "off his back". Mr. Weir mentioned
the fact that the Water Department has several Negroes out in

the field, and also he stated that "If we can get a qualified

Negro, then we will put them in there." Mr. Farris asked Mr,
Willdemson to report to the Atlanta Summit Leadership Con-
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There being no further business, the meeting was de-

clared adourned,.

Respectfully submitted,

Acting Secretary


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