Peoria’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
City Manager's Message
In Peoria, we believe that the diversity of our City’s government organization reflects the fundamental strength of our community and region. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice. I believe that maintaining diversity in our workforce requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.
Throughout our work, we support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Leading by example through our organizations’ leadership and all that we do, diversity is a core and abiding strength of our City.
Since its inception in 2007, the City’s Diversity Team, comprised of staff and leadership, and has worked hard to highlight the importance of diversity to employees and residents throughout our city. This group of dedicated employees meets on a regular basis to plan “programs, services and activities that advocate and strengthen the sensitivity of our organization” for all members of our work force, customers, and community. I am thankful for the work they have accomplished and their dedication to our goals.
I am proud and honored to have been instrumental in the development of the City’s Diversity Team. However, my greatest reward is that I get to lead an organization which demonstrates daily a commitment to hiring the best people, no matter their demographic background; working for an organization which truly respects each other’s opinions and ideas, and; being a part of a City team striving to provide residents an unmatched quality of life and excellent customer service.
Being a diverse and inclusive organization demands constant diligence. Success does not come easily, and it can be lost quickly. Through the thoughtful guidance of elected officials and an engaged staff with diverse backgrounds of ideas and cultures, Peoria will continue to grow as an inclusive organization and community.
Carl Swenson, ICMA-CM
The City of Peoria defines diversity as ensuring that everyone feels recognized, safe, and treated with mutual respect. Diversity respects and recognizes the visible and invisible attributes of all people. Diversity is supported by communication, which is the vital link that brings employees, customers, and members of the community together.
The City of Peoria’s Diversity mission is to create an inclusive culture that can only be achieved in an environment that fosters mutual respect of all people, thereby creating a stronger community.
The City of Peoria follows an unwavering adherence to the principles of respecting diversity, and insuring inclusive practices. Through the leadership of our interdepartmental "Diversity Committee", we work to assure that the Peoria community, as well as all City of Peoria governmental departments, is welcoming, and respectful to everyone. If you would like to share your observations and suggestions, contact our Human Resources Director, Julie Ayers, who chairs the Diversity Team at Julie.Ayers@peoriaaz.gov.
To view some of the Diversity related presentations the city has presented, click here.
Six values define our promise to the individuals and communities we serve:
Professional - Continually reviewing my own behavior and questioning whether what I do is consistent with the City’s and my profession's values. Maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality and honoring legal restrictions on political activity.
Ethical - Being honest and objective in performing my duties and deciding all matters on the merits, free from improper influences. Being guided by principle and conscience and the desire to do the “right thing”.
Open - Communicating truthfully and completely with others, supporting diversity and treating others with respect. Participating positively in the community.
Responsive - Responding to all internal and external customers in a prompt, efficient, friendly and patient manner.
Innovative - Seeking out opportunities to contribute to the daily and future work of the City in ways that are new and creative.
Accountable - Observing both the letter and the spirit of laws and rules. Engaging only in appropriate personal and professional conduct in all matters