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Councilman Eyes Eliminating "Convicted Felon" Check Box on Roanoke City Applications

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Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea is proposing to "eliminate the box."

Lea asked city staff to research an idea where applications for employment with Roanoke City would not have an area asking applicants if they were convicted felons.

Lea said the city does background checks on all hires anyway, so he feels his idea would help certain non-violent offenders at least get an interview.

Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill told council members the city would still likely keep the box on all police, firefighter, and school teacher applications.

Lea, a retired administration for the Virginia Department of Probation and Parole, said the city of Richmond uses a similar system.

City staff gave no timetable on how long it would take them to research Lea's idea.

The idea, of course, would not affect job applications in the city in the private sector.