The City of Tallahassee announced Friday the creation of two new departments. The departments are the Department of Community Service and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
“This internal adjustment underscores my commitment to addressing our community’s greatest needs and achieving the goals set forth by the Commission as we focus on being the national leader in the delivery of public service,” said City Manager Reese Goad.
The City’s press release noted that the new departments are being created within the existing Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be responsible for implementing the City’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to ensure the City’s workforce is reflective of the community’s demographics.
Angela Hendrieth will lead this new department as the Chief Diversity Officer. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University and has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of diversity, equal opportunity employment, training and development. She has worked for the City since 2004. In her new position, she will report directly to the City Manager.
The City’s TEMPO program and the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy will be housed within the new Department of Community Services. These programs are designed to combat the impacts of poverty by connecting local youth to education and employment opportunities.
Dr. Kimball Thomas will lead the department. Dr. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the fields of public education and public service. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Florida A&M University, his Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from Nova Southeastern University and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University.
In his new position, Dr. Thomas will report to Deputy City Manager Cynthia Barber.