City of Peoria hires new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Melodi Green
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Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 11:22 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - The City of Peoria has hired a new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer -- and she’s not a stranger to the city or Peoria County.

Melodi Green was selected after a nationwide search and panel interviews with community leaders and residents. She has an extensive law background having previously worked as the Chief of the Juvenile Division of the Peoria County State’s Attorney where she was the charging attorney responsible for decision making in hundreds of criminal delinquency and abuse cases in Peoria County, according to a release from the city.

Before working for the county, Green worked as an attorney for the city of Peoria where part of her responsibilities included presiding as the governing trial attorney over all city administrative court calls and three county circuit calls.

“We are thrilled that Melodi Green will be returning to the city to lead our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts,” City Manager Patrick Urich said in the release. “Her knowledge and experience will serve the community well as we work together to achieve our goals.”

“As a lifelong resident of Peoria, she understands the challenges and opportunities that we face.”

She has volunteered her time with the Street Law Program at Richwoods High School, Prairie State Legal Services, Stop the Violence, and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

She is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association where she serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee. She was appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Police and Community Relations in 2018.

She’ll assume her new role on December 1. Her starting salary will be $110,000.

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