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Diversity training for town employees, police chief

A call to Corsi's office was not returned.

It is not just Chief Corsi who is revisiting the issue of diversity. All full time town employees and Town Board members will attend a two-hour diversity training session in coming days. The first session will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, and there will be five additional sessions between then and Feb. 12.

The cost of the entire program is estimated at $2,500.

The program"Valuing Differences and Appreciating Others"will be run by Capital Employee Assistance Program, which is contracted by the town for employee training.

Tremblay-Glassman said that the upcoming training is not the result of any particular event, but is rather one of the town's training components that are outside of courses mandated by the state.

"All of our training is scheduled periodically," she said. "I've been working on putting this training together since the fall."

Planning Board member Kate Powers raised the issue of diversity in town offices during the public comment period of the Jan. 13 meeting of the Town Board. She did not allege any instances of discrimination, but wondered whether more could be done to provide a wider range of experience in town government.

"I've noticed that I've seen very few women and very few minorities" in town positions, she said. "The overwhelming majority of the high-paid staff in town tends to be non-minority men."

She made it clear before making her comments that she was expressing her individual opinion as a citizen.

In a later interview, Powers said she was concerned there might exist gender and geographical disparities in some town entities.

"I think everybody is doing a good jobbut I'm just kind of consistently hearing just one viewpoint," she said. "I just think that hearing other viewpoints would make our town stronger."

The Town Board is in the process of deciding who will fill two open seats on the Planning Board, or if they will be eliminated altogether. All 15 applications the town received for open seats on the Planning and Zoning boards were from men, according to town officials.

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