A 59-year-old Annapolis resident has been named the city's equal employment opportunity/minority business enterprise coordinator.
Vaughn T. Phillips started work Thursday in the $25,246 position. He will be responsible for the coordination of minority recruitment throughout the city and working to increase minority participation among vendors who do business with Annapolis.
Mr. Phillips replaces Sharon Renee Cager, who resigned recently to work with the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.
Most recently, Mr. Phillips was marketing and sales manager for Pencorp Financial Services in Columbia, where he also had recruiting responsibilities. He also is operations manager and agent for Shoreline Properties, an Annapolis real estate company.
The equal employment position, which is contractual, is an outgrowth of recommendations made to the City Council in 1991 by a consultant retained to study the city's minority recruitment efforts.
Ms. Cager was the first to hold the position. In a report in January, she recommended that the job be made permanent and that its responsibilities be divided.
"The position is essentially two positions, and to do the job effectively and efficiently, the position needs to be made into two separate positions," she wrote.
"Just because both are dealing with minorities does not mean they should be lumped together."
Ms. Cager also said that the city's Personnel Office lacks authority to implement the city's personnel policies and that supervisors frequently fail to follow the guidelines.
"Employees need recognition and appreciation, not token gestures," she wrote. "People need to know they are doing a good job and are appreciated."