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    ‘Our Decision Wasn’t About Your Performance’: White San Francisco Elections Director Loses Job to Diversity

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    The San Francisco elections board chose last week not to renew director John Arntz’s contract because they intended to select a minority replacement rather than because he had not performed his duties.

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city commission decided not to renew Arntz’s five-year contract and instead employ a third-party recruiter to evaluate candidates for the position alongside Arntz, should he decide to reapply.

    Because the commission sought to implement San Francisco’s Racial & Social Equity Initiative plan, which seeks to maintain a “high level” of ethnic diversity in every government position, Arntz, who was recruited in 2002, was not given a new contract.

    According to the Chronicle, commission president Chris Jerdonek sent Arntz an email on Monday saying, “Our decision wasn’t about your performance, but after twenty years we wanted to take action on the City’s racial equity plan and give people an opportunity to compete for a leadership position.”

    According to the SF Chronicle, San Francisco Mayor London Breed condemned the election commission’s decision to not renew Arntz’s contract, calling it “unfair politicization.” Breed had praised the city’s racial equity plan upon signing it in 2019.

    Breed continued by saying that over the 20 years that he oversaw the city’s elections, Arntz was a model worker.

    Cynthia Dai, a fellow commissioner, told the Chronicle, “You have to actually open up your senior leadership roles … otherwise you get in a situation where you are literally waiting for someone to retire for those positions to open up.”

    The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment from Arntz and the San Francisco electoral commission was not immediately fulfilled.

    More on this story via The Western Journal

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