You are right!"The city of Leesville has settled a longstanding suit with the Justice Department regarding violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the city announced Wednesday afternoon.
On Dec. 9, 1980, the city was named as a defendant in a discrimination lawsuit related to the hiring and promotion of African-Americans and females within the police and fire departments. The lawsuit placed the city under a Partial Consent Decree, requiring the city to review their police officer and firefighter selection process. It also required the city to conduct a job analysis of each promotional classification, and establish cutoff scores and examination components to eliminate adverse conditions on both African Americans and female applicants.
The Justice Department announced on Nov. 15, 2012 that it had lifted and terminated the Partial Consent Decree for the city as a stipulating defendant in the discrimination case. The city's police and fire departments had improved significantly, and addressed the hiring process for both departments.
Leesville Mayor Robert Rose said in a statement that he applauded the work of Police Chief Greg Hill and Fire Chief Dewaine Lawson.
¬ďIn our commitment to hiring and promoting within the police and fire departments, it is important that we to do the right thing," he said."
I joined the LPD in November 1986. Frank Rock was a black patrolman, Margie Gammage was a black dispatcher. Rose, Hill and Lawson were not even on the picture at the time. Credit should go to the mayor at the time, Chief Gil Jeane, and the chief of the FD. Talk about the arrogance of the mayor applauding the current PD and FD chiefs. Not to mention the comment that it is important that we to do the right thing.
Good job Hill and Lawson! You guys seem to be doing an outstanding job! Every time I see either the police, or firemen, they always appear professional. Keep up the good work guys (and girls) we thank you for your service!!!