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Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Equity Next Steps

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City Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity

The city is well-positioned to discuss and identify next steps to advance racial equity. City Council’s vision for the community is:

Northglenn is a diverse and welcoming community that celebrates its small-town character, urban energy, and thriving businesses.

Council specifically identified “inclusivity” as one of four community values in their 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. Within this plan, City Council identified Diverse Community as a strategic priority. The goal definition for Diverse Community includes: Maintain and celebrate our diverse community.

Partnership with GARE

The City of Northglenn joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) in the fall of 2019 as a step to further the city’s efforts to advance racial equity. Information about GARE can be found here:

Following the murder of George Floyd, the city has received numerous requests for information about what the city is doing in response.  City Council is having robust conversations about the city’s next steps.  The city will update this page with engagement opportunities and information related to next steps.

Timeline of Actions
  • June 8 - Chief May provided Council with an update on training, use of force, and status of the 360 Assessment.
  • June 17 – Mayor Leighty, City Manager Geyer and Chief May held a Telephone Town Hall on public safety.
  • July 10 - The Police Department 360 Assessment will be made available to the public. There will also be an on-line comment form for residents to give feedback and ask questions to be addressed at the July 29 telephone town hall.
  • July 22 - Berry Dunn will present recommendations and findings to City Council in a study session from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a session for council to hear a presentation on the full report and to ask questions.
  • July 29 - A telephone town hall is scheduled. This is a virtual opportunity specifically focused on responding to community questions about the report.

Overall Next Steps…

June 22 – Staff will be presenting a draft next steps framework to City Council (Council meeting agenda). Following direction from City Council, staff will be working to implement next steps which will include listening sessions with the community. City Council has also made a commitment to participate in Implicit Bias training within 90 days.

Council will continue working to determine what next steps will take place following those identified above.

Please reach out to City Manager Heather Geyer or Rupa Venkatesh, assistant to the city manager, if you would like more information on city efforts. If you would like to connect with us to ensure that you are notified about future engagement opportunities please reach out to us.

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