- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that Ohio’s largest city has seen little improvement in its recruitment of minorities and women as firefighters and police officers.

The Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/23BKY4i ) that Columbus has spent $150,000 in the last few years on minority recruiting. But there were only three blacks and one woman in a class of 41 recruits who graduated from the city’s fire academy on Friday. The newspaper reports that only 33 of Columbus’ 1,532 firefighters are women.

There were just three blacks, one Asian and one Hispanic in a recent graduation class from the city’s police academy. Minorities make up more than 40 percent of Columbus’ population.

Columbus has hired an attorney who is a former manager of corporate affairs at Honda to help diversify the city’s workforce.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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