Asheville city equity director stops over hostility on race-related training, ‘lack of support’ – Resident Times

19September 2020

ASHEVILLE – The director in charge of rooting out institutional racism in city government has stopped, citing hostility from some department heads and lack of assistance from the city manager’s office.

Kimberlee Archie

Kimberlee Archie, who was hired in 2017 to start Asheville’s Equity and Addition Department, also said the” culture in Asheville is lacking accountability” according to an Aug. 5 letter to Debra Campbell. She duplicated that concern in a Sept. 18 Person Times interview that was impressive for its sincerity coming from a previous department head. In the letter she provided to the Citizen Times, Archie announced she would stop Sept. 8. She later moved that date as much as Aug. 28. The Person Times had actually requested the letter or other such emails from

Asheville Public Records Officer Terry White, who stated the request would be dealt with in the order it was received and was 22nd on a list of requests. White stated the letter would likely not be offered due to the fact that it may fall under the state definition of a confidential workers record that is prohibited for the city as a company to launch.

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