Workforce equity demands that the County identify and address structural and policy barriers to equal employment opportunity faced by our employees and communities because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation and other protected classes. County employees across the organization have stepped forward to develop a strategic plan and help create a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential.

The initial Workforce Equity Strategic Plan, also known as WESP, was officially adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in April 2018, then amended by the Board in January 2019. The initial four-year cycle of the original plan came to a close in 2022. You can read the final annual report here and a summary of the final briefings of the first cycle here.

In April 2023, leaders from the Office of Diversity and Equity briefed the Board on their proposal for the process of renewing and growing the equity plan for the next four-year cycle, which will run from 2023 through 2026. Progress made on this WESP renewal process, which kicked off with the first meeting of the steering committee in June, can be tracked on the “WESP Renewal Project Progress and Resources” page.