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San Francisco’s election director, who has been in the position since 2002, will have his contract terminated in a move that ‘wasn’t about performance’ but about ‘racial equity’.
John Arntz, who is white, will be fired from his position and won’t receive a renewed five-year contract, San Francisco’s Elections Commission decided in a 4 to 2 decision last week.
The decision to get rid of Arntz was driven ‘in large part by the city’s plan for racial equity’ – as the city strives towards making workplaces more diverse.
As Department Director, Arntz helped to establish the Department of Elections’ Racial Equity Action Plan, which would ultimately lead to him his job.
Cynthia Dai, a member of the commission who voted to oust Arntz, told the Washington Free Beacon: “It’s hard to achieve diversity targets if senior roles never open up. This has nothing to do with his performance.”
“Our decision wasn’t about your performance, but after twenty years we wanted to take action on the City’s racial equity plan and give people an opportunity to compete for a leadership position,” commission president Chris Jerdonek to Arntz said in an email. “We also wanted to allow enough time for a fair and equitable process and conduct as broad a search as possible.”
Some officials expressed outrage.
“I think some folks have forgotten the history of this department,” said City Attorney David Chiu. “Before Director Arntz, we had five directors in as many years, ballot boxes floating in the bay and an intense lack of confidence in city elections. Many of us are mystified.”
Supervisor Aaron Peskin added, “This is commission malfeasance. It almost becomes a justification for Mayor Breed to have letters of resignation from people who go do things that are completely insane.”
San Francisco’s white election director is FIRED to promote ‘racial equity’ after serving the city for 20 years https://t.co/RT49vOqxwZ
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) November 24, 2022
San Francisco to boot election director after 20-year career so city can ‘take action’ on ‘racial equity plan’ https://t.co/jC4V7Lshl1
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 23, 2022
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