Tigard hires bilingual speakers despite derogatory comments
Impressed with the response Hillsboro's mayor made when a derogatory description of his city was made last year, Tigard Mayor Jason Snider recently addressed comments made via email involving the hiring of a bilingual person for a city position.
In his February online column in Cityscape, the city's newsletter, Snider recalled last year's response by Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway, who called out a man who he said made a racist comment on a bus after both attended a Hops game. The man referred to Callaway's city as "HillsBurrito."
That encouraged Snider to address an email from someone who recently inquired why the City of Tigard was recruiting for a bilingual Spanish-speaking person.
"Why would you give a job to non-speaking English person instead of a citizen who needs a job and speaks English?" read a portion of the email. "Why not just move city offices to Mexico?"
In his column, Snider wrote: "… I want to be perfectly clear that Tigard is a community for everyone. We will stand up to hurtful speech and reinforce our efforts to attract a workforce that is representative of our community and nation."
He went on to point out that anyone who is struggling to understand the value of diversity, equity and inclusion should consider that an estimated one-fifth of Tigard speaks a language other than English, the most common of which is Spanish.
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