Sarah McKenzie

Council approves Hodges' nominations for several dept. heads

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The City Council voted 9-3 to approve Mayor Betsy Hodges’ reappointment of Civil Rights Department Director Velma Korbel to another two-year term today.

Council members Blong Yang (Ward 5), Jacob Frey (Ward 3) and Andrew Johnson (Ward 12) voted no and expressed concerns about complaints raised about the department’s work environment.

Meanwhile, supporters on the Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges credited Korbel with turning around a beleaguered department and advancing the city’s racial equity agenda when she became the director in 2010.

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