CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The city of Charlottesville is considering ways to improve equity among employees.

On Monday night, city councilors got an update from the city manager's Advisory Committee on Organizational Equity. That committee studied data on city employees for job, salary, and race and came to councilors on with a list of recommendations on how to get started on equity improvements in the city.

The report says that black employees generally earn less than their white colleagues in most roles and in most payband categories. It showed the average hourly salary for white employees is $25.60, compared to $21.30 for black employees.

The committee recommends the city create an office of diversity, equity, and inclusion which would include a data analyst and community engagement coordinator who would report to the city manager.

"If we want to look at how we will best serve the city and the citizens and residents, we have to have people who reflect our customers and their values and understand them," said Assistant City Manager Mike Murphy."

The report also suggested creating an equity advisory committee, which would include on city councilors, members of city staff, and community members.

Councilors agreed with the recommendations and are now waiting for the city manager's office to present an estimated budgetary impact of these changes. That is expected to be presented at a council meeting in the fall.

Editor's Note: To read the report, download this document: CITY COUNCIL AGENDA Monday, August 19, 2019.  The report begins on page 99 of the .pdf.