Right Now City Management Seems Bent on Running Off the Good Experienced Employees

employeesSubmitted on 2013/10/01 at 11:14 am | In reply to Marion Frances.

As a former long time employee of the utilities department I have no love loss for the past Director. He made my life a living hell for the time he was there. I’m not sure that he did anything illegal in just granting administrative time off because it says in the civil service rules that he had the authority. He went overboard with the amount. A lot of innocent people including myself that worked under him have paid dearly for it and gave their pound of flesh in order to appease some vocal people and as Mr. Kisela said so we can put this behind us and move on to other matters.
Well that didn’t happen, did it? There is still 2 people there that tried to cover it up. Why? People know who they are. Roger is gone, why not them? Finish the job!
Now we have a new Director with a checkered past employment history that has already started disrespecting long time employees by labeling them as trouble makers and calling them names. We are dangerously about to lose a few excellent very experienced and knowledgeable employees due to the hostile work environment that has been created by management. One thing you people need to understand is that operations and maintenance of utilities systems are completely specialized fields. These are the people that operate and maintain the operation of the treatment plants and facilities that make it all work. these are very complex and high tech jobs.
You can’t go to the private sector and find people that can just walk in and do this work. It takes years of work and training to become proficient enough to give the citizens a safe and reliable product that meets the high standards set in the federal and state rules and regulations. We’re talking about the safety and health of anyone that uses water and sewer. You better treat these people right. They keep you healthy and safe.
The city needs to recruit and train young people in these areas as we have an aging workforce. Someone needs to replace them when they retire. Right now because the uncompetitive wages and benefits that we offer we have become a training ground for other utilities that offer better pay and benefits. I hear people whining about city employee pay and making comparisons to the private sector. When it comes to utilities operation and maintenance there is no comparison.
Right now management seems bent on running off the good experienced employees and not the future. This is getting to a critical point. We need good forward thinking management and the council needs to get behind it and follow through.
Concerned Citizen

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