Sep 29, 2021
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 265 to create the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Membership in the Governor’s Office. This new internal office, headed by Jayne Johnson, aims to eliminate inequalities in state government based on race, ethnicity and other protected characteristics and to expand opportunities for communities of color and others. underserved New Jersey residents. The office will also be committed to fostering greater inclusion and understanding of issues of diversity, equity and belonging.
In addition, the governor signed a legislative package to bring greater diversity in the ranks of the police. The bills direct the Civil Service Commission to implement several programs to promote diversity in law enforcement. The programs include a mentorship program for law enforcement applicants as well as the creation of a statewide database to help the Commission understand the reason for the selection or disqualification of ‘a candidate during the hiring process.
“With today’s executive order and the signing of the bill, we are building on our commitment to advance fairness for New Jersey residents who have been left behind for too long,” said the Governor Murphy. “Jayné’s wealth of experience in advocating for social justice and his previous work in crafting policy solutions that promote equity will stand him in good stead in this role. I am proud to appoint her as Director of this important new office and to sign a legislative package to ensure a stronger, fairer New Jersey that works for all. “
“During my career, I have had the honor of holding various leadership positions to achieve equity and address the long-standing problem of systemic racism and discrimination in our laws, our economy and our institutions, ”said Jayné Johnson, new director of the Office. diversity, equity, inclusion and membership in the governor’s office. “My new position in the Governor’s Office will allow me to continue doing essential work in building a more equitable and inclusive future and I appreciate the Governor’s confidence in me and the opportunity to serve the people of New Jersey.”
Johnson brings a wealth of advocacy, public service and policy experience to the governor’s office. Previously, she served as the Senior Policy Analyst at the Council of States Government Justice Center, where she provided strategic direction to the launch of the federally-supported Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
While at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, she was selected to join urgent work in Minnesota, focusing on addressing inequalities in the state’s probation system, including the lack of uniformity in local government and over-representation of Native Americans and Blacks. in the system. She was also a senior advisor at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she championed workforce systems and housing reforms aimed at closing the racial wealth gap in New Jersey. Johnson received his JD from Rutgers University Law School in Newark, New Jersey, and a BA in International Studies from Oakwood University.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging to the Governor’s Office will focus on:
- Oversee training, coordinate programming and develop policies to advance equity across state government;
- Ensure that considerations of equity, anti-discrimination and anti-racism are integrated into all decision-making in state government, from specific policy issues to legislation;
- Establish a state-wide structure to ensure that stakeholders and staff improve their capacity to recognize and address structural inequalities; and
- Work with the private sector to develop methods to ensure fairness in their processes related to government commitments.
The Governor has enacted the following bills:
- S-2765 / A-4542 (Sweeney, Rice, Ruiz / Reynolds-Jackson, Johnson) – Requires the Public Services Commission to undertake various initiatives to increase diversity and inclusiveness among law enforcement agencies law.
- S-2766 / A-4517 (Sweeney, Rice / Reynolds-Jackson, McKnight, Johnson) – Requires the Public Service Commission to establish a mentoring program for certain public service law enforcement candidates.
- S-2767 / A-4598 (Cryan, Rice, Sweeney, Ruiz / Reynolds-Jackson, Carter, Vainieri Huttle) – Establishes a database to facilitate the recruitment process in the public service for certain enforcement officers laws; requires an analysis of the diversity of law enforcement at the state level.
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