Ratliff apologizes for saying county manager shouldn’t be a ‘white male’

Ratliff apologizes for saying county manager shouldn’t be a ‘white male’

Ratliff apologizes for saying county manager shouldn’t be a ‘white male’

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by DAVID PERLMUTT / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 8:17 PM

Mecklenburg County commissioner Kim Ratliff publicly apologized Tuesday night for remarks in which she said the new county manager shouldn’t be a white man.

Ratliff, the board's vice chair, said in a brief statement that she regrets making the statement and offending anyone.

Some Mecklenburg residents, including speakers at Tuesday’s meeting, called on Ratliff to resign, and short of that, to recuse herself from the new manager's selection.

In her statement, Ratliff mentioned nothing about resigning or removing herself from selecting a replacement for former County Manager Harry Jones, who was fired by the board May 2.

Ratliff told other media outlets on June 21 that she preferred a “white male” not be chosen to replace Jones.

In interviews last week, Ratliff said if she’s guilty of anything, it’s choosing her words poorly. She said her intentions were not to cut white men out of the application process, but to encourage women of all races and religions to apply.

All four of the county’s managers have been men.

Ratliff was one of two commissioners who voted against Jones’s firing. She had wanted to chair the committee helping generate a list of candidates for the job, but board chair Pat Cotham didn’t appoint her to the board.

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