By Melanie Petrucci, Contributing Writer
Westborough – At the July 19 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jim Malloy requested the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Administrative Committee. Department heads have had multiple discussions on changing demographics in the community and are seeking ways to better provide services and be more inclusive of all of its residents.
Malloy suggested an internal working group to “review current services and develop creative ways to reach out to members of the community that may not be served as well as we would prefer.”
Further, he said, “I am seeking to make this a more formal administrative committee under the Town Charter, which requires the board’s approval.”
The mission of this committee is “to review town services to ensure services are provided equally and are accessible to all residents and further to identify ways to promote increased diversity and inclusiveness in town services, employment and volunteer opportunities.”
Assistant Town Manager Kristi Williams will chair this committee consisting of 11 staff members.
Selectman Denny Drewry voiced concern if this committee would affect rules and regulations of town boards and Town Meeting to which Malloy reiterated that this was an internal group. The motion was made, seconded and approved with Selectman Drewry abstaining.