Affirmative Action Programs

Affirmative Action Program

Contra Costa County (the County) is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) programs. The County's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) programs were established in 1972 and include a review of the Affirmative Action progress in each department, updates on the County's Advisory Council and provide employee assitance, consistent with the County's policy on equal employment opportunity.

The objective of the AA Program is for the County's workforce (employees) to reflect the diversity of the County's labor force (Contra Costa County residents), which is based on the 2010 Census data.  One way we achieve this objective is to select, develop and promote applicants and employees based on individual ability and job performance. 
The County provides Equal Employment Opportunity through Affirmative Action to all people in all aspects of employer/employee relations without discrimination.  The policy of the County is to identify and remove artificial barriers to employment and promotion of members of protected groups which are consistent with the merit system. Aggressive outreach efforts are made to attract and assist members of protected groups to qualify for employment and promotion.  The Office of County Adminstrator,  the Human Resources Department and all departments of County government are proactive in making equal employment opportunity a reality throughout the County workforce.

Affirmative Action Officer

The Affirmative Action (AA) Officer is directly responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Contra Costa County Affirmative Action Plan.  The AA Officer monitors and evaluates compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies to ensure that employment practices and contracting arrangements give equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, national orgin, sex, age, disability or any other protected group.  The AA Officer ensures that the work environment is free from discrimination and/or harrassment.  The AA Officer advises individuals and departments about perceived, existing and potential discrimination, harrassment, retaliation and other potential policy violations through consultation and formal investigations.

Affirmative Action Coordinators

All County Departments have Affirmative Action Coordinators who are apppointed by Department Heads.  Coordinators report directly to Department Heads and assist and advise them in carrying out the EEO/AA Programs objectives. The Affirmative Action Coordinators are liaisons to the County's EEO/AA Officer and act as a resource for employees in their respective departments.