2. Staff's Report
EOC currently has 9 Commissioners
a. Staff Carrie Braxton and Reyna Vasquez, attended a 1 ½ day Committee
Academy Training. This included reviewing many ordinances, rules etc. The
plan is to possibly open it up later in 2023 for others serving on Dane County
b. The EOC Executive Committee, a sub-committee – ended on sunset
December 31, 2022. The concern was to put more focus on the Equal
c. Follow up regarding collaborating with OEI Advisory and City EOC
The OEI Advisory is staffed by the Policy and Program Improvement
Manager and focuses on Equity Plans, Pie Food Grant, etc. The EOC Chair
who also attends the OEI Advisory meetings can share information from those
meetings with EOC. In addition, Dane County EOC commissioners are
welcome to sit in on these meetings. There will not be any collaboration at
The City EOC is under the City’s jurisdiction, with different handbooks,
employee groups, and Administrative Practices. Dane County does not have
jurisdiction over City information and/or functions. There will not be any
collaboration at this time.
d. OEI follow up regarding discrimination complaints of Highway and Zoo.
i. Highway update - There was a Highway Department investigation
conducted from May 9, 2022 to June 2, 2022, by myself and Kabura Mukasa -
Human Resources Manager from Employee Relations Division. We presented
a summary of our findings at the Highway Department’s all-staff training on
October 4, 2022. We covered areas that included – themes and suggested
improvements. We included management’s feedback, encouraged, and
received some employee feedback. We have begun scheduled visits to the
different Highway garages.
ii. Zoo update - There was a Henry Vilas Zoo Department
investigation conducted by myself and Kabura Mukasa from April 14, 2022 to
April 26, 2022. We presented a summary of our findings at the Zoo’s all-staff
department meeting on May 5, 2022. We covered areas that included –
themes and suggested improvements. We included management’s feedback
and encouraged and received employee feedback.
In June 2022, the Dane County Board of Supervisors requested an
independent investigation of the Zoo. Retired Judge Valerie Bailey was hired
and her findings were similar to the initial findings. The Zoo is currently
working on the suggestions that myself and Kabura suggested.
e. Highway workplace discrimination, number of complaints from people of
i. For 2022 - 2
f. Zoo workplace discrimination, number of complaints from people of
i. For 2022 - 3