Duluth City Council tables proposed ordinance to remove 'chief' from job titles
June 23, 2020
DULUTH – The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to table a proposed ordinance that would remove the word "chief" from a job title, a change Mayor Emily Larson promoted out of sensitivity to indigenous people.
Last week, Larson urged the council to support the city-led measure "so that we have more inclusive leadership and less language that is rooted in hurt and offensive, intentional marginalization."
Council members have received dozens of emails from constituents and out-of-towners in the days since her appeal, including many pointing out the word's Latin etymology and widespread use in military and corporate contexts.