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Metro Government Remains Stuck In The 1950s

November 21st, 2013 by admin · 8 Comments

Jake’s written for years about discrimination within Metro Government. He’s covered the ongoing suits filed by people like Betty Younis and the settled suits from others like Paula Wahl when no one else would. (He’ll be back to writing sometime soon…)

There’s a known problem within Metro. It’s the most basic thing you can imagine. Not putting women into positions of leadership. It’s absolutely not a secret. With all the lawsuits and feigned outrage from Greg Fischer’s office the past few years about equal treatment for women, one would have easily sunken into a feeling that operations were improving.

HAHA! Not the case. Imagine our non-surprise when we got our hands on this gem of an email. It’s from Greg Hicks, the man who runs the 275 person (give or take) division of Roads and Operations within Public Works and Assets. Here he is touting the fact that a – gasp – woman has been hired in management. One. Woman. And she’s only hired on as a supervisor.

Take a look for yourself:


Congratulations to Amy Rose. We in no way mean to demean her.

He says this is the first female hire since the merger of county and city governments – as if that happened recently. That took place, what, NINE YEARS AGO?

The email was sent to everyone on Fischer’s staff. Meaning everyone knows quite well that there’s a problem. Hicks, Fischer and crew are just hoping to smooth things over by hiring one woman. It’s 1950 all over again.

Possibility City!

Tags: Hype · Metro Government · Oops · Possibility City

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jenny // Nov 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    There are plenty of typos/errors in this announcement, but I think the best may be “she now holds the disgusted honor of being the 1st female road maintenance supervisor…” Fail.

  • 2 The ole' Highlander // Nov 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    The amazing thing is that they spelled ‘road’ correctly. Could easily have been “rode” or “rood” or “rut” or “pothole.” “Supervisor” was also difficult because if could have been “super visor.” Good ‘ole’ Luiville, Kaintuck.

  • 3 The Tim // Nov 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations to Amy Rose on her well-deserved promotion.

    Now, whoever wrote that press release and his or her supervisor need to go back to Journalism/PR/Communications 101 to learn how to write, or at least a basic computer class and told about spell check and the review process.

  • 4 The ole' Highlander // Nov 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    “The Tim:” Just re-read it. The scribe is named “Greg Hicks.” Perfect — “Hicks” — that explains everything.

  • 5 bill // Nov 22, 2013 at 12:19 am

    My Metro department has hired 81 people since merger none of which have been a black female.

  • 6 g.g.liddy // Nov 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    how about the fact that at the zoo ALL of the two dozen managers/supervisors are white?

  • 7 concerned citizen // Nov 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Metro desperately needs a diversity officer. Fischer’s heart is in the right place, but he apparently doesn’t understand that hiring female political appointees at the Mayoral level is not enough to bring about a culture change in an organization – he needs someone whose job is to ensure equality and fairness at the operational level.

  • 8 The ole' Highlander // Nov 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Concerned Citizen: It’s all about ‘appearance’, instead of ‘realness’ and ‘reality.’ A few at the top — is the ‘appearance’ of diversity — Louisville’s good with that. UofL ‘appears’ to be a great university because it played in the Sugar Bowl. In reality, its academic program is ranked 164th in the nation. However, in Louisville — appearance is everything and reality is ignored.