Topic of Race Addressed Again at County Commission

The topic of race, and a racial slur used by a Saline County Commissioner, was again center stage at Tuesday’s Saline County Commission meeting. A half-dozen people spoke on the issue.

Among those who spoke was Christina Humphrey of Salina, who has been outspoken about asking for Commissioner Jim Gile to resign. She said that after a lot of soul searching, and meeting with Gile, who has had a change of heart. She said that after meeting with multiple people including Gile himself, she has forgiven him.

David James spoke, representing the Salina Chapter of the NAACP. He read a list of five requests from his organization:

1. All three county commissioners receive training in diversity and sensitivity training.

2. The organiozation get a copy of the “Code of Conduct” for commissioners.

3. The organization get a copy of the county policy and procedure handbook.

4. All county meeting session be recorded, and made avaialble to the public upon request.

5. The county implement a “zero tolerance policy” in the future in regard to incidents like this.

The issue arises from a racial slur used by commissioner Jim Gile at a recent study session meeting when discussing a repair project. The comment was followed by laughter.