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3 more leaving Burlington’s racial equity, inclusion office

March 10, 2022 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Three managers are leaving the Office for Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Vermont’s largest city after the director announced last month that she was departing.

Thursday is Director Tyeastia Green’s last day. She’s planning to take a similar job in Minneapolis. The office’s managers for justice and policy, health equity and engagement and public health equity also are leaving the Burlington office. Reasons for their departures weren’t immediately known.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said he’s grateful for their service.

“Over the last two years, as part of this Administration, they have been a part of Burlington making important new investments in racial justice and racial equity and starting many critical new initiatives that are now under way,” he said in a statement. “I am focused on maintaining that momentum through this REIB leadership transition, and continuing the hard work of eradicating racial injustice in all its forms.”

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Starting Friday, City Manager Phet Keomanyvanh will lead the department as a permanent director is sought, Weinberger said. Keomanyvanh has Green’s full support, Weinberger said.

City Councilor Ali Dieng said he hopes that the next leaders get more city support.

“The committees that we create in the city, the administration should work in collaboration with those to make our department, all departments, strong and healthy and in this specific situation that did not happen and it’s unfortunate,” he said.