Human resources chief says nepotism policy works

Human Resources Director Clemon Williams told lawmakers that he wanted to require all applicants to city jobs to disclose any relatives already working for the city instead of just in the departments where they are trying to find work. “If you’re in a situation where you move to a different department, you work for the WPCA and move over to the highway department, I only capture it when you’re first hired,” Williams told The Advocate, referring to the city’s Water Pollution Control Authority. The Board of Ethics decided in 2013 that it was even acceptable for two relatives to work in a department where one is a director, provided that “there are multiple organizational layers” between the director and the entry-level new hire, according to the board’s records. Like on the police and fire departments, I have a number of people who are relatives, none of them report to each other.

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