INTRODUCTION TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN

This is the Affirmative Action Plan for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. This plan makes a commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:5-4. This statute declares that all persons shall have the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender. The purpose of this Affirmative Action Plan is to establish a formal program that includes goals and policies to which this Office is committed and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants. This plan also establishes this Office’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:5-12 stating that no discriminatory practices shall be tolerated within the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the procedures for filing related complaints.

The information supplied in this plan shall include an annual analysis of the current employee profile, an establishment of measurable objectives, a plan of action to begin correcting any identified inequities including specific action steps to be taken, a timetable for achieving the objectives and procedures for annually evaluating progress toward these objectives and revising the plan as needed.

The employee profiles included in this plan represent all sworn members of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. This is to reaffirm that the Office of the Sheriff fully supports the laws on nondiscrimination in employment and directs that all personnel take immediate action to eliminate any existing discriminatory practices, procedures or attitudes. There is no acceptable reason for any discrimination in this area. Supervisors shall take an affirmative, leading role in seeking out, removing and preventing any traces of discrimination.

Undersheriff Michael W. Donovan Jr. is the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Coordinator for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division. Undersheriff Donovan has been instructed to immediately report all cases of alleged discrimination and to keep me advised of their investigation. Unresolved cases will be reviewed by  Undersheriff Donovan so that proper action may be taken and to correct any injustices in accordance with General Order 98-25, Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator & Complaint Procedures.

Copies of this notice shall be posted permanently in conspicuous locations throughout the Sheriff’s Office.

By Order Of:
Shaun Golden
Sheriff

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY STATEMENT

Federal Laws (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and State Laws (N.J.A.C. 4A: 7 et seq., Chapter 124 of the Laws of 1981) make it illegal for employers to discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation or sex during the course of appointing new employees. Under Chapter 124 of the Laws of 1981, the New Jersey State Civil Service Commission shall ensure that the pool of applicants for all vacant positions in this office includes both minorities, the handicapped and females to the end that affirmative action goals are attainable through agency selection decisions. The Civil Service Commission shall further review their regulations and testing procedures in order to amend or eliminate those which serve to discriminate against minorities, the physically handicapped, and females. They shall ensure that selection devices are validated as significant predictors of successful job performance, isolate and eliminate prerequisites that are not legitimate occupational qualifications, review all discrimination complaints under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, evaluate trends and recommend appropriate policy changes.

This plan shall be the policy and procedures that guide this Office’s efforts in recruitment, employment, training, promotion and retention of minority, disabled persons and females within the sworn ranks of the Law Enforcement Division. In accordance with the above cited Federal and State Laws, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office shall ensure equal employment opportunity for all members of this Office and applicants aspiring to become members. Employment practices will be reviewed annually and an analysis completed to determine whether the protected classes are receiving fair and equal consideration for job opportunities and proactive steps will be taken to encourage minorities and females to apply for positions within the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. All personnel movements such as training, education, transfers and new assignments shall be administered without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation or sex.

This plan will be available to all members and employees of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. All members and employees are charged with ensuring compliance with this policy and the policy and laws of this State.

By Order Of:
Shaun Golden
Sheriff

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY STATEMENT

Federal and State Laws (N.J.A.C. 4A: 7 et. seq., Chapter 124 of the Laws of 1981) make it illegal for an employer to discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, marital status, familial status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sex, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait and for service in the Armed Forces of the United States. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is also committed to a policy of nondiscrimination against qualified disabled persons and will accommodate physical and mental limitations to the extent that an undue business hardship is not imposed. Further, it is the policy of the office to prohibit harassment of one employee by another on the basis of gender, race, or religion in accordance with General Order 98-22, Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

This is to reaffirm that the Office of the Sheriff fully supports the laws on nondiscrimination in employment and directs that all personnel take immediate action to eliminate any existing discriminatory practices, procedures or attitudes. There is no acceptable reason for any discrimination in this area. Supervisory personnel shall take an affirmative, leading role in seeking out, removing and preventing any traces of discrimination.

Undersheriff Michael W. Donovan Jr., is the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Coordinator for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division. He has been instructed to immediately report all cases of alleged discrimination and to keep me advised of their investigation. Undersheriff Donovan will review unresolved cases so that proper action may be taken to correct any injustices and ensure that an annual analysis is completed of the EEO Plan and related employment policies.

Copies of this notice are to be posted permanently in conspicuous locations throughout the Office of the Sheriff.

By Order Of:
Shaun Golden
Sheriff

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The goal of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is to have its sworn workforce be in approximate proportion to the makeup of the available workforce in the County Of Monmouth. This goal may prove to be difficult because the New Jersey State Civil Service Commission governs our selection process.

The following is a summary of this agency’s sworn work force population since the 1990 census was taken. This will outline the representation for the past twenty-five years in order to illustrate how the office’s work force population evolved into what it is today. The following data is a breakdown of the available workforce in County of Monmouth according to the 1990 census.

1990

Race

Males

Females

White

135,808 = 47%

108,604 = 37%

Black

11,902 = 4%

12,152 = 4%

Hispanic

6,125 = 2%

4,699 = 2%

Other

6,537 = 2%

5,201 = 2%

Totals

159,562 = 55%

139,656 = 45%

The following tables contain information that represents the full-time, sworn work force of this agency for the year depicted.

1990

1991

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

36 = 76%

3 = 7%

40= 77%

4 = 7%

Black

3 = 7%

0 = 0%

3 = 6%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

1 = 2%

0 = 0%

2 = 4%

0 = 0%

Other

4 = 8%

0 = 0%

3 = 6%

0 = 0%

Totals

44 = 93%

3 = 7%

48 = 93%

4 = 7%

1992

1993

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

39 = 75%

4 = 7.5%

55 = 81%

3 = 4%

Black

3 = 6%

0 = 0%

4 = 6%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

2 = 4%

0 = 0%

2 = 3%

0 = 0%

Other

4 = 7.5%

0 = 0%

4 = 6%

0 = 0%

Totals

48 = 92.5%

4 = 7.5%

65 = 96%

3 = 4%

1994

1995

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

56 = 80%

5 = 7%

61 = 81%

6 = 8%

Black

3 = 4%

0 = 0%

3 = 4%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

2 = 3%

0 = 0%

2 = 3%

0 = 0%

Other

4 = 6%

0 = 0%

3 = 4%

0 = 0%

Totals

65 = 93%

5 = 7%

69 = 92%

6 = 8%

1996

1997

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

68 = 80%

8 = 9.5%

73 = 81%

8 = 9%

Black

3 = 3.5%

0 = 0%

3 = 3.3%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

3 = 3.5%

0 = 0%

3 = 3.3%

0 = 0%

Other

3 = 3.5%

0 = 0%

3 = 3.3%

0 = 0%

Totals

77 = 90.5%

8 = 9.5%

82 = 91%

8 = 9%

1998

1999

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

72 = 78%

12 = 13%

76 = 79%

9 = 9%

Black

4 = 5%

0 = 0%

3 = 3%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

1 = 1%

1 = 1%

6 = 6%

1 = 1%

Other

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

1 = 1%

0 = 0%

Totals

79 = 86%

13 = 14%

86 = 90%

10 = 10%

2000

2001

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

76 = 87%

10 = 83%

77 = 86.5%

9 = 75%

Black

3 = 3%

0 = 0%

3 = 3%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

7 = 8%

2 = 17%

8 = 12%

3 = 25%

Other

1 = 1%

0 = 0%

1 = 1%

0 = 0%

Totals

87 = 88%

12 = 12%

89 = 88%

12 = 12%

2002

2003

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

79 = 77%

11 = 11%

81 = 74%

13 = 12%

Black

3 = 3%

0 = 0%

4 = 4%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

6 = 6%

3 = 3%

9 = 8%

3 = 3%

Other

1 = 1%

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

Totals

89 = 86%

14 = 14%

94 = 85%

16 = 15%

2004

2005

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

77 = 72%

13 = 12%

76 = 72%

13 = 12%

Black

4 = 4%

0 = 0%

4 = 4%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

9 = 8%

2 = 2%

9 = 8%

2 = 2%

Other

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

Totals

92 = 86%

15 = 14%

91 = 86%

15 = 14%

2006

2007

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

79 = 70%

14 = 12%

82 = 70%

14 = 12%

Black

5 = 4%

0 = 0%

4 = 3%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

12 = 11%

1 = 1%

12= 10%

3= 3%

Other

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

Totals

98 = 87%

15 = 13%

100 = 85%

17 = 15%

2008

2009

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

82 = 67%

14 = 11%

81 = 67%

14 = 11%

Black

5 = 4%

0 = 0%

5 = 4%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

16 = 13%

4 = 3%

16 = 13%

4 = 3%

Other

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

Totals

105 = 86%

18 = 14%

104 = 86%

18 = 14%

2010

2011

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

76 = 69%

15 = 13%

75 = 68%

16 = 14%

Black

4 = 4%

0 = 0%

5 = 5%

0 = 0%

Hispanic

12 = 11%

2 = 2%

12 = 11%

2 = 2%

Other

1 = 1%

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

Totals

93 = 85%

17 = 15%

92 = 84%

18 = 16%

2012

2013

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

71 = 67%

16 = 15%

71 = 66%

15 = 14%

Black

5 = 5%

0 = 0%

6 = 5%

1 = 1%

Hispanic

12 = 11%

2 = 2%

13 = 12%

2 = 2%

Other

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

0 = 0%

Totals

88 = 83%

18 = 17%

90 = 83%

18 = 17%

 

2014

2015

Race

Males

Females

Males

Females

White

72 = 65%

15 = 13%

72 = 62%

16 = 14%

Black

6 = 5%

1 = 1%

6 = 5%

1 = 1%

Hispanic

13 = 12%

2 = 2%

16 = 14%

2 = 2%

Other

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

2 = 2%

0 = 0%

Totals

93 = 84%

18 = 16%

96 = 83%

19 = 17%

The information contained in these tables detail how the sworn workforce of this agency has changed in the past twenty-five years. As seen in the tables, our sworn workforce has grown from forty-seven sworn members in 1990 to one-hundred and fifteen sworn members in 2015.

This agency successfully increased both female and Hispanic sworn member representation through the use of Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) Lists successfully solicited from the New Jersey State Civil Service Commission (CSC). To obtain these lists, we identified and provided supporting documentation to the CSC showing an agency need for female and Spanish speaking sworn officers to assist with various law enforcement functions and services we provide. Therefore, lists exclusively compiled of female and/or Spanish speaking candidates were periodically certified and used to fill sworn member vacancies throughout the past twenty-five years.

As a civil service agency that only recruits to fill actual or forecast vacancies we continue to struggle to maintain and increase female and minority representation. However, we believe that we can continue to increase representation and work toward the goal of maintaining and increasing female and minority representation within the sworn ranks.

The Commander of the Law Enforcement Division or designee shall review and complete an annual analysis of this plan and all related employment policies and make revisions to the Affirmative Action Plan as needed. At that time, the statistics indicating the available make-up of the workforce in the County of Monmouth shall be updated, progress made towards attaining our stated goals and objectives shall be documented and new goals and objectives established for the future.

DISSEMINATION OF THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN

This Affirmative Action Plan will be brought to the attention and understanding of members, employees and the general public through the following means.

  1. Discuss the Affirmative Action Plan at various staff meetings in order to make our intentions clear regarding recruitment and selection.
  2. Provide a copy of the Affirmative Action Plan to every member and employee of this Office annually.
  3. Post the Affirmative Action Plan throughout the various working areas of this Office.
  4. Post the Affirmative Action Plan on the official Sheriff’s Office website.
  5. Provide the Affirmative Action Plan as part of a recruitment package for personnel assigned to speak to various high school and college groups regarding career choices.

In addition to these procedures, it shall be the practice of this Office to maintain an open door policy to the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Coordinator in order to give all members and employees ample opportunity to present questions, comments or concerns regarding the Office’s Affirmative Action Plan.