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FDNY Chief Diversity Officer Removed Year After Starting Post

The FDNY has let its chief diversity officer go — just 12 months after filling the court-appointed position, reports The New York Daily News.

Pamela Lassiter was sworn-in by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro in January to be the department’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Her appointment was announced last Oct. 1, and she began working with the department then, even though she wasn’t sworn-in until several months later, according to the FDNY.

Lassiter exited the department about a week ago, sources said. The FDNY did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lassiter’s departure leaves the FDNY’s diversity department somewhat rudderless — because the top spot in its Equal Employment Opportunity office is also vacant.

The former head of that agency, Margo Ferrandino, quietly moved to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development nine months ago.

The internal shake up comes as the FDNY has launched a new effort to create a more inclusive workforce.

The department’s EEO office has always been a source of contention within the agency, according to numerous sources.

Many firefighters and EMS personnel — of all races and genders — have been frustrated by slow investigations and ongoing probes that never seem to yield clear conclusions, multiple insider sources said.

Handling the EEO division has always been a challenge, many FDNY insiders acknowledged.

“It’s a difficult balance to strike, there are a lot of people with different complaints and they all have to get heard,” said one source.

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