State hires diversity officer

Keith Hunt

DOVER — Gov. John Carney on Friday announced the hiring of Keith Hunt as the state’s first chief diversity officer.

Mr. Hunt, who has been the managing director of Human Capital Solutions Inc. since 2004, will head the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. The division is part of the Department of Human Resources, which was created in July through House Bill 4.

“I remain committed to creating a work environment that is inclusive, diverse and representative of all Delawareans,” Gov. Carney said in a statement.
“The chief diversity officer will play a vital role in transforming the state’s diversity and inclusion strategies, and continue our work to ensure our state government values its employees and is representative of all of the people we serve.”

In his role, Mr. Hunt will lead efforts to combat discrimination in state government. He will report to Acting Human Resources Secretary Saundra Ross Johnson.

“I am looking forward to joining the Human Resources team as we work in partnership with all the state leadership, employees and key stakeholders in bringing about a diverse and inclusive workplace environment,” Mr. Hunt said in a statement.

State employees have accused the government of racism over the past few years, with a coalition of religious and community leaders alleging a hostile work environment existed in some agencies.

The plan created by Gov. Carney’s transition team at the end of 2016 and start of 2017 called for creating an office of human resources.

“I am confident that with Keith’s extensive Human Resources experience and proven success in the private and public sectors, he will work collaboratively with employees and community stakeholders to create a different and finer work culture for state government,” Acting Secretary Johnson,
who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate next month, said in a statement.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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