- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The Columbus Consolidated Government will no longer require all job seekers to disclose their criminal histories on applications.

Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell tells the Ledger Enquirer (http://bit.ly/1HM0YUO ) that questions about job seekers’ criminal histories will be removed from online job applications by the middle of the month.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says the city decided to drop questions about applicants’ criminal histories after Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order this year banning state agencies from requiring applicants to disclose that information. Tomlinson says she expects the move to help the city offer more opportunities to ex-felons looking for stable employment.

Tomlinson says applicants will still be required to disclose criminal histories for certain positions including law enforcement, jobs requiring work with children, and working with county finances.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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