Official: Put more women on panels

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By David Giuliani

Mayor Tony Marquez has already started making appointments to city advisory committees, but he’s getting some advice from a City Council member on how to make the panels more diverse.

At last week’s council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she would like to see more women and youths appointed to committees.

Recently, the council ratified the appointments of members to the city Utilities, Green and Clean, Planning and Zoning, and Public Safety committees. Only three of the 19 are women: Moore herself on Public Safety, Donna Okinga Nathan on Planning and Zoning and Jody Stege on Green and Clean. No youths are on the committees.

Marquez said Moore’s point is well taken but that he had based his selections on letters of interest submitted to the city. He disbanded all committees shortly after his election as mayor in March.

Marquez has many more appointments still to make, but he said he would issue another public request for letters of interest to ensure diversity.

Moore is a member of the Las Vegas Youth Commission, as she has taken an interest in children’s issues. When she was elected in 2006, she was the first woman on the council in many years.

In June, Marquez appointed Caballero as city manager, the first time in memory that a woman has held this position on a permanent basis.