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Pittsburgh mayor adopts 'Rooney Rule' for city hiring

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order on Tuesday adopting measures to promote diversity in city hiring. 
 

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The order is similar to the "Rooney Rule" backed in 2003 by late Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, who at the time was chairman of the National Football League’s diversity committee. 
 
The Rooney Rule requires teams to interview minority candidates for all openings in head coaching and other major supervisory positions. 
 
"I am honored to follow Mr. Rooney's example, and implement similar diversity measures in his beloved city," Peduto said in a news release. 
 
The executive order does the following: 
 
  • Names a diversity and inclusion officer within the city's department of personnel to oversee diversity measures.
  • Calls on personnel to develop policies to recruit diverse candidates for any supervisory position within the government. such as directors and managers.
  • Orders the office of management and budget to adopt similar policies for contracting.
  • Calls for personnel and OMB to study disparities among wages earned and hours worked by minority city workers. 
  • Calls for a task force of city officials to develop recommendations to City Council on diverse hiring measures.
  • Create advisory committees to oversee a settlement agreement reached with the American Civil Liberties Union in 2015 to strengthen diverse hiring measures in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and other public safety bureaus.
  • Calls for all city-related agencies to adopt similar policies, and for city officials to issue regular reports to the mayor and City Council.  
 
A copy of the Order is available here.