Ruth Moffatt has ambitious agenda in diversity, equity, inclusion | #specialneeds | #kids

Like many Gadsden residents, Ruth Moffatt was watching a debate between the contenders five days before a runoff election to choose the city’s new mayor. It caught her attention when Craig Ford, the eventual winner, pledged to add a new position in city government: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

“I remember saying, ‘That’s going to be a great job,’ ” Moffatt recalled. 

She had no clue that her name would wind up on the plate outside the door to that office at City Hall. 

Moffatt left United Way of Etowah County after seven years with the nonprofit, the final two as director, to join Ford’s administration. Her first day on the job was Nov. 18. 

She has ambitious ideas that involve concrete, quantifiable actions as well as preaching the “gospel” of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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