Asheville city equity director quits over pushback on race-related training – Resident Times

19September 2020

ASHEVILLE – The director in charge of rooting out institutional bigotry in local government has stopped, pointing out hostility from some department heads and lack of assistance from the city supervisor’s workplace.

Kimberlee Archie

Kimberlee Archie, who was worked with in 2017 to start Asheville’s Equity and Inclusion Department, also stated the” culture in Asheville is lacking accountability” according to an Aug. 5 letter to Debra Campbell. She repeated that concern in a Sept. 18 Resident Times interview that was amazing for its sincerity coming from a previous department head. In the letter she provided to the Resident Times, Archie revealed she would stop Sept. 8. She later on moved that date as much as Aug. 28. The Citizen Times had requested the letter or other such emails from

Asheville Public Records Officer Terry White, who said the request would be dealt with in the order it was received and was 22nd on a list of requests. White said the letter would likely not be given because it might fall under the state meaning of a personal personnel record that is forbidden for the city as a company to launch.

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