Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks forcefully about the need to build a diverse municipal workforce, which resonates in a city in which people of color constitute 53 percent of the population. But during his first six months in office, Walsh has talked a better game than he has played.
The administration’s 20 highest-paid new hires — cabinet chiefs and department heads among them — include 15 men and 13 white employees, according to a recent analysis by Globe reporter Andrew Ryan. Of the 147 full-time positions filled by the Walsh administration, 59 percent have gone to white candidates and 66 percent are men. Walsh was reluctant to provide employment figures to the Globe, which suggests that he is not especially impressed by his own efforts. Nor should he be.