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TUESDAY, Jan. 14 — Former Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has made a point of doing something not easy for him: keeping his mouth shut when it comes to his views on the performance of his successor, Andy Schor.
But Bernero broke the silence Tuesday in an interview with City Pulse when he was asked to comment on the suspension of Joan Jackson Jackson, whom he hired in 2006 to be the city’s director of human resources.
“I have concerns about this mayor’s commitment to diversity,” Bernero said.
“As mayor, I was very sensitive about making sure there was inclusion from all parts of the city. I thought it was very important for any city — especially Lansing — to put down the welcome mat and set an example for the entire state. We are stronger together. It doesn’t just happen. The talent is there, but you have to nurture, uplift and embrace it.”
Schor, for his part, sharply denied that racial motivations are involved in the situation.
“My administration has a very diverse cabinet and senior staff that I am proud of and represents all of Lansing,” Schor said in a statement. “We have seen people leave and brought in new people. And we have maintained a very diverse and highly qualified senior staff that I am proud of. I am concerned about all residents of Lansing.”
Click here to read more on Jackson Johnson's departure and subsequent diversity concerns at City Hall.
Editor's Note: This story was updated to include a quote from Schor and provide a link to another story.