No photos, Mr. Mayor! How about the best candidate for the job?

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Mayor Eric Adams’ recent request for photos of potential senior-level city hires is rightly ringing alarm bells.

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“There was no question,” said one former city employee of the ask. “It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We’re going to start counting complexions now.’”

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The mayor’s excuse is that he just wants it to help him recognize his employees, but tying it to personnel decisions tells everyone it’s about hiring more minorities.

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This, when the city’s agencies are already plenty diverse, with some 71% of new hires in 2020 being people of color.

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Per the city’s own data, 31% of staffers averaged across all agencies are black, 17% Hispanic and 11.5% Asian, in a city that’s about 20% black, 28% Hispanic and 16% Asian.

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The city might not have violated any anti-discrimination laws (yet).

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But it hardly needs to make hiring even more convoluted and fraught: The pandemic left it with a full 8% of positions vacant as of April.

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Here’s a brilliant idea, Mr. Mayor: How about you hire people based on their ability to do the job, not to fill some arbitrary quota?

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Asking for photos smacks of the country-club racism and anti-Semitism that afflicted elite US institutions for decades