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Top California state official weighs in on government diversity

Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjer, whose agency oversees California’s state-government hiring policies and practices, says that diversity must be a key piece of hiring and retaining millennials.
Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjer, whose agency oversees California’s state-government hiring policies and practices, says that diversity must be a key piece of hiring and retaining millennials. The Sacramento Bee

This week’s State Worker column compares the ethnic demographics of California’s population to the demographics of its state government workforce and notes that whites are overrepresented while Hispanics are underrepresented.

The piece also cites Government Operations Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer’s July 1 responses to legislators’ questions in advance of this morning’s 10 a.m. informational hearing on diversity within the state civil service. A few readers asked to see the entire document, so we’ve posted below Batjer’s cover letter and her answers to questions from the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee and the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee.

Along with Batjer and other state officials, several civil-rights organization leaders and SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker will testify.

The hearing in room 444 will be streamed on the web by the California Channel and archived for later viewing.

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