Faifax County, which lst November adopted an affirmative action hiring plan, is having trouble with several of its own agencies not following the plan.
A status report that went to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors this week noted "a significant lack of progress" by several county agencies in hiring minorities, but did not specify which agencies.
Fairfax Supervisor James M. Scott (D-Providence) said he knew of at least five agencies - including the county fire department - that were "falling behind" the plan by not hiring more minorities."
"They (the fire department) even have one fewer minority than they did last December," Scott said. "That's something to be concerned about."
Scott said the county's divisions of inspections and sewer line maintenance also were lagging in hiring minorities.
Fairfax County Fire Chief George Alexander said his department started a special recruiting program in early July that will result "in excess of 50 percent" of the department's new recruits coming from minority groups by the end of the year.
He said budget constraints prevented the department from hiring any new employes between Jan. 1 and June 30, the period that was covered by Fairfax's Civil Service Commission report to the board on county progress in affirmative action.
The five department, with 689 employees, has 17 blacks and three women.
Norman Dobyns, chairman of the Civil Service Commission that is monitoring the 11-month-old affirmative action program, said he did not know which agencies were lagging in hiring minorities, but that they would be identified this year.
"We're not trying to point the finger at anyone or be intensely critical)," Dobyns said. "We noted there was a lack of progress as an attempt to motivate agency heads to hire minorities."
The report showed that the county had hired 45 members of minority groups by June 30, less than half of the 129 minority group members that the plan had set as a goal for hiring by the end of this year.
During the same period, according to the report, the county had hired 246 whites, far more than the 195 new white employes called for in the plan.
The county set a goal of 75 new white female employes, but hired 88 by June 30, the report stated, with the employment of women increasing steadily in the county.