Regulatory policy

Cincinnati may change its policy regarding city employees using slurs. You can weigh yourself on Monday

Cincinnati officials are considering changing the policy regarding city employees’ use of discriminatory slurs. A public meeting on Monday evening aims to get public comment on these potential changes.

Last week, Cincinnati police said an officer had been suspended after he twice used racist language on the phone. The previous week, another officer had had her police powers suspended after her body camera recorded her using racial slurs while on duty.

Now, city officials are considering changes to Bylaw No. 25: “non-discrimination and sexual harassment, and the use of discriminatory slurs by employees.”

Iris Roley, Collaborative Agreement Consultant, will lead the meeting. It will include Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Council Member Scotty Johnson (Chair of the Public Safety and Governance Committee), Deputy City Manager Sheryl Long, City Attorney Andrew Garth, Deputy City Attorney Emily Woerner, Acting Police Chief Teresa Theetge and Deputy Director of Human Resources Latisha Hazell.

Cincinnatians are encouraged to “listen, comment and ask questions.”

How to register

WHEN: Monday August 8, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams

Participate on your computer or mobile app

Or call (audio only)

Learn more | Meeting options

You can also watch a live stream on the city’s Facebook page.