We need to make sure that there are open and transparent processes in hiring for city jobs. Far too many times good candidates who happened to be women and people of color have been passed over, we must examine this to ensure we have a diverse, talented workforce.
I am particularly concerned with fire and police jobs, where Cambridge people are being shut out. The pressures of affordability are leading to our families and younger residents having to leave the city due to high housing costs. I plan to propose an extension of the residency eligibility for public safety jobs for 10 years such that those who have lived, learned and spent their most formative years in Cambridge, who have deep ties to the community and are invested in it, can serve and protect it.