Some big things are happening in the city of Philadelphia. Mask mandates are back – despite the fact no one wore them during Monday’s Sixers game – shootings are skyrocketing, and the Philadelphia Police Department hired a Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Hurrah!
The following is from an email sent by the “police commissioner.”
I’m excited to announce that the newest member of our Executive Team, Leslie Marant will be joining the Philadelphia Police Department in a historic appointment as our first Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In steadfast commitment to our goal of organizational excellence, this position and office have been established to oversee diversity and inclusion efforts at every level of our organization.
One would think we would be more concerned about our 141 homicides.
Ms. Marant will be responsible for overall organizational development and implementation of the Department’s Equity and Inclusion programs, strategic framework, and work/life policies and programs. She will also provide guidance and operational assistance in the development of enterprise strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion, including governance structure, policies, procedures, metrics, benchmarks, action plans, and processes to effectively support leadership.
So in other words, this position is simply a money grab for one of our corrupt politician’s cronies. At least the department’s priorities are in order, and it will be money terribly spent.