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Race of City Employees Not Representative of Race of Residents

Martinsville is counting employees by race again. 209 on the payroll, 183 white, 25 black, and 1 other. While 60 percent of City Council is black and 45 percent of the population is black, less than 12 percent of those employed by the City are black. What this means, according to City Officials, is that the City is trying harder to hire black people. Officials point out while they are trying to balance the numbers, only 25 percent of the applicants are black.

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