St. Louis County Hires First Chief Diversity Officer

By on July 13, 2018

From St. Louis Public Radio:  Hiring a chief diversity officer was a key recommendation of the recent disparity study commissioned by St. Louis County.

Jack L. Thomas Jr., a veteran of the workforce diversity and improvement profession, has been tapped to fill the position.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the process of developing a culture of inclusiveness within St. Louis County government, with the goal of growing sustainable minority- and women-owned business enterprises,” Thomas said in a statement.

Thomas worked from 1999 to 2008 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, where he oversaw the airport’s workforce diversity and business inclusion programs, including minority business certification. After that, Thomas held a similar position at the Municipal Airport Authority in Jackson, Mississippi.

St. Louis County commissioned the disparity study in 2016, with a main objective being to discover if there was a “statistically significant” disparity in how and to whom the county awards contracts.

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