Changes Made in Hiring Process

The Valdosta Conference Center has made a few changes to its hiring policy after the center was accused of passing over minority job candidates during its hiring process.

Members of the public and the conference center seem to be pleased with the changes to the center's hiring policy.

"The Carl Vincent Institute of Government up in the University of Georgia looked at our personnel and policy manual and saw nothing illegal about it, however, with their suggestions and the help our board, we took a look at it and redefined it and I think it’s a lot more specific now," says Marty Brown, the conference center director.

The new specifications include posting job notices at Valdosta State University, Val Tech, in local papers, and even on the Internet.

"With the help of the Internet, it’s certainly a national and international search for the best person to help us sell Valdosta-Lowndes County," Brown adds.

Folks who were demanding changes just a few months ago say they are pleased with the changes and now minorities can have a better chance at getting a job with the center.

"The personnel policy will cast a wide net which will obviously catch people of a diverse background, and different races. All we ever wanted was a more race inclusive policy and I think that's what we've gotten, and we are pleased with that," says Rev. Floyd Rose, who wanted hiring policy changes.

Now, thanks to the new hiring policy in place, groups like the People's Tribunal have canceled their plans for a boycott of the conference center.

The conference center's effort to reach a wider pool of potential candidates is not going to be cheap due to the costs of advertisements, but conference center leaders say it’s worth it.

This issue came to light last month, but it took long to fix these issues because the leaders with the conference center say they wanted to make sure if they made any changes to their policy, they were handled legally, and now they are confident the proper policies are now in place.