Chattanooga councilwoman says city has failed at making diverse appointments

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod speaks on on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the Kingdom Center.

Chattanooga has failed to appoint and hire people of color to helm its boards and other government positions, City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod alleged Tuesday evening.

Coonrod, of Ridgeside, alleged at Tuesday's council meeting that the city has continuously put white men in positions of power while minorities that better represent the community have been left in the dark.

She made the comments before joining the rest of the council to appoint Adam Veron, a white male, to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.

"I am concerned about not having adequate representation that represents our community, and this board clearly shows this is not representative or reflective of our county or our city," she said.

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Coonrod, who emphasized the importance of the planning commission, noted that it does not have one Black individual to represent the city and county.