The federal judge who oversees minority hiring in Buffalo’s fire department has moved a step closer to ending his oversight role.
U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin, in a recent decision, ended a 26-year old hiring order that required the percentage of minorities and women hired by the fire department to be equal to the percentage of minorities and women who took the written test for firefighter.
Curtin’s decision to end the hiring order, which is at the crux of his current oversight, came just three months after the city asked him to end his historic role in the department, a role that dates from 1978, when he found the department’s hiring practices discriminated against minorities and women. The city believes the department is now using hiring procedures that are lawful.
Curtin stopped short of ending his oversight, but ordered the city to submit a report of what else needs to be done to end the court’s jurisdiction over the department.