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Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building
Tompkins County Legislature’s Office
121 E. Court Street, Ithaca, NY
(607) 274-5434
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Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

Tompkins County Diversity Statement

Tompkins County government is committed to creating a diverse and fully inclusive workplace that strengthens our organization and enhances our ability to adapt to change.          READ MORE...


Save the Date!


Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County

2017 Diversity Roundtable
Equity and Inclusion: From Talk to Action


Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Early Bird Registration - $65.00

Regular Registration- $80.00

Registration goes live April 3rd 
Early Bird Registration deadline will be April 21st
Regular Registration ends May 12th


 The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County is presents its biennial Diversity Roundtable for everyone interested in advancing inclusion in their respective workplaces and in our community. Early-bird registration begins April 3rd.

For conference planning updates, visit:


 Get Involved. Be proactive. Stay engaged.               


 The Tompkins County Workplace Climate Initiative

Updates from the Steering Committee 


Tompkins County embarked on a Workplace Climate Survey Initiative in 2014, with a survey launch the following year. To address the issues raised by the 2015 survey findings, a Post-Climate Survey Steering Committee was formed in September of that same year. Members of the committee consist of County leadership, Union representatives, and other County employees. 


Workplace Climate Initiative Steering Committee:

 Christina Dravis (Emergency Response) Chair   Thomas Knipe (Planning) Vice Chair
 Amy Guererri (Personnel)                                        Amie Hendrix (Youth Services) 
 Lisa Holmes (Office for the Aging)                         Joe Mareane (Administration)
 Leslyn McBean-Clairborne (Legislature)              Doug Perine (DSS/CSEA White Collar)
 Stephen Wright (Highway / CSEA Blue Collar)   Paula Younger (Administration)


Listed below is an update of some of the ideas that have come out of our meetings. Many of these ideas have already been implemented or are in progress, while others are still in development. All of the ideas revolve around the four priorities identified by the survey results:

Communication, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement & Recognition, and Diversity & Inclusion Infusion   


  • Employee Picnic
  • Focus Groups
  • “Cup of Joe with Joe” (informal conversations with the County Administrator every Wednesday morning)
  • Meetings of the Department Deputies
  • Welcome Packet for New Hires
  • "Online" County Corridors Newsletter
  • Paystub Messaging
  • Increased Training Opportunities through EAP
  • Recognition of New Hires
  • Recognition of Department Accomplishments



  • Leadership Training
  • Best Practices for Staff Meetings
  • Developing a Staff Training Plan and Inventory of County Training Resources
  • Department Tours and/or Open Houses
  • Diversity Training for New Hires
  • New Hire Checklist/Onboarding Process for Department
  • Management 360 Degree Program
  • Paystub Messaging
  • Employee Recognition
  • Increased Recognition of Retirees  



  • Mass Notification System
  • Online Store with County Logo Items
  • Increased Social Media Presence
  • Succession Planning
  • Sharing County's Accomplishments with Media
  • Employee Networking Opportunities (such as, Technical Affinity Groups, Interdepartmental Sports/Games, or Community Clean Up Days)
  • Strategic Communications Plan (to promote effective communication between and among County staff, departments, and residents)


Meeting Minutes


January 8, 2016

January 22, 2016

February 5, 2016

February 19, 2016

March 4, 2016

March 18, 2016

April 15, 2016

April 29, 2016

May 13, 2016

June 24, 2016

July 14, 2016

July 28, 2016

September 15, 2016

September 29, 2016

October 20, 2016 

November 3, 2016

November 29, 2016


September 23, 2015

October 23, 2015

November 6, 2015

November 20, 2015

December 4, 2015

December 18, 2015