London city hall: Coun. Mo Salih wants to ‘extinguish’ concerns about nepotism

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Is nepotism a problem in city hall’s workforce?

One city politician isn’t sure – but he knows there are too many people who fear it is, so he’s pushing council to toughen up its rules against preferential hiring and promotions.

“My goal is to extinguish any realities or perceptions of nepotism,” Coun. Mo Salih said.

Monday, council’s governance working group will debate a perhaps-unprecedented motion from Salih, which calls for the following:

*City staff report back on making London city hall “a nepotism-free work force”

*Implement “nepotism-free hiring practices” for both new hires and internal promotions

Salih isn’t a member of the working group. Council colleagues Josh Morgan and Jesse Helmer will raise the issue on his behalf at Monday’s meeting.

“I think no work force is immune” from nepotism concerns, Salih said. “Anecdotally, I’ve heard things that are concerning. I think we need to clear the air and do what’s best for Londoners.”

Salih’s push comes amid broader changes at city hall’s senior levels. Its long time human resources boss, Veronica McAlea Major, recently departed. The HR department is now helmed by Bill Coxhead, city hall’s former director of recreation.


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