New Fire Commissoner Promises to Embrace Older Black Firefighter Applicants

June 29, 2010  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — Mayor Daley’s appointment of third-generation firefighter Robert Hoff to replace ousted Fire Commissioner John Brooks sailed through a City Council committee on Monday — with a promise from Hoff to embrace older black applicants bypassed by the city’s discriminatory handling of a 1995 firefighters exam.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that African-American applicants did not wait too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of perpetuating the predominantly-white status quo by establishing a cut-off score of 89 and hiring randomly from the top 1,800 “well-qualified” applicants.

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