MEETING PREVIEW: Chandler City Council to discuss forming Military and Veterans Affairs Commission, contract for diversity and equity assessment

The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Chandler City Council will meet for a study session Oct. 11 and a regular meeting Oct. 14 to vote on a variety of items, including establishing a Military and Veterans Affairs Commission, and a contract for a diversity, equity and inclusion assessment.

Monday, Oct. 11, marks the day the City Council discusses agenda items and Thursday, Oct. 14, marks the day the council votes on the items.

According to the agenda documents, a majority of Valley cities have a dedicated military and veterans commission. The commission would provide a forum for commissioners to collaborate with the city and outside stakeholders to support Chandler's military community. Applications for commission members would be available upon adoption of the resolution, according to the agenda.

The diversity, equity and inclusion assessment contract is for $56,040 with Cooperate Personnel Services, according to the agenda. Discussion for the need of such an assessment was first brought to City Council in 2020 after a community-wide survey from the city's Human Relations Commission. In June, City Council created a draft nondiscrimination resolution and directed staff to include a review of this document in the scope of work for a diversity, equity and inclusion assessment—with several council members stating they wanted to further engage the public on the matter.

Chandler is the largest Valley city that has not adopted a nondiscrimination ordinance in 2021. Local legislators, community members and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce board of directors advocated for the passage of an ordinance that would offer further protection to Chandler's LGBTQ+ community.


Also on the agenda is an item for City Council to approve the Chandler Airpark Area plan update, which serves as a guiding document for city staff and City Council as new projects are brought forth in the area surrounding Chandler Municipal Airport.

The entire agenda can be found here.


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