Box 18, Folder 20, Document 29

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July 21, 1965)


The Mavor'’s City Job Opportunities Committee convened

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a: 2:00 pe m- Wednesday, July 21, 1965, in Committee Room No, 2,

City Hall. The following were present: ,
John A. White, Chairman
Cc. D. Coleman
S. W. Graydon
Q. V. Williamson
Carl T,. Sutherland
After calling the meeting to order, John A, White asked

1L£ anyone knew of any discrimination anywhere, Mr. Q-. Ve

Williamson said that he had heard some complaints from citizens

who feel that negroes are not getting a fair chance to obtain

employment in “white coliar™ jobs. Mr. Graydon explained that the
“white collar" jobs have to be filled by promotion. Mr. Sutherland»
continued by saying that filling jobs by promotion can be a dis-
advantage because sometimes people who barely meet the require-
ments have to be hired. Mr. Sutierland also explained the system


of filling jobs by promotion. He stated that when a job is open

in a department, if any one person in that department—qualifies,
he has to be promoted. If no one qualifies-in the department in
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which the vacancy occurs, then any person in the City government
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who qualifies is eligible for promotion. The head of the depar. -

ment in which the vacancy occurs has a choice of three in City-wide

promotionals. = % 2 are only one or two who gualify, he may
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xecuest that ti filled by open-competitive examination.
Mr. Coleman asked if the promotional system of filling jobs was

of the Personnel Board, Mr. Graydon answered by saying


it was an act of the legislature. He stated that he and
Carl Sutherland opposed the approval of the act, but the Lena.”
lature adopted it,

Following the discussion of the City's promotional
system, C. DBD. Coleman said that he would like to mention the
hat about the negroes who apply for jobs other than
Laborer do not pass the examinations. Coleman suggested that a
aining program be set up to help more negroes pass examinations.

Mx. White agreed that a training program would be beneficial to

negroes. He appointed Carl Sutherland and C. D. Coleman to work

together on setting up a training program. He also approved the
suggestion of Mr. Coleman that a negro be hired to go into the
colored schools to recruit negroes for City employment.

Carl. Sutherland read a list which included statistics

of employment by the City of Atlanta from October 5, 1964, through

June 30, 1965. After hearing the figures quoted in this list (a

copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes) the

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members of the Committee agreed that good progress is being made

in providing equal opportunities for negroes for employment with

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ene City OL ALLANTCa.

A suggestion was made by C. D. Coleman that Mr. Paul


eport concerning the progress made

in che Water Department in providing equal oportunities for

employment for both white and colored. The Chairman and mem-'

bers of the Comuittee concurred that Mr. Coleman's suggestion was
a good one and that Mr. Weir would be included at tre next


There being no further business, the meetin7y was

Respectfully submitted,

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