From the Save Paul Walters blog
Is the Santa Ana City Council majority undermining their relationship with all of their city employees by going after their City Manager Paul Walters? That is exactly what Adam Probolsky, an Orange County political consultant and pollster, suggested in a column posted today at the Voice of OC.
While Probolsky did not finger the attack on Walters specifically, he did suggest that “Demonizing public employees might be good for a sound bite, but it’s an ineffective management approach.”
Here is Probolsky’s column, in its entirety. Let’s hope the Santa Ana City Council’s bullies take the time to read it:
By: ADAM PROBOLSKY
Each election cycle, there are at least a few communities wherein voters embrace change at the ballot box by electing new local government leaders.
It is not hard to find examples of new slates and political coalitions ousting the majority rule of long-time incumbents — at city halls in particular.
First-time elected officials and those gaining the upper hand in elections through newly elected, like-minded colleagues are entitled to shake things up at their respective agencies. But while it’s reasonable to pursue new and different policies from the outgoing leadership, a mandate for change doesn’t entitle any elected official to intimidate public employees. Bullying staff, using the power of the office to threaten rank-and-file employees and berating managers in public whipping sessions is counterproductive.
Elected officials should take heed: You might be the boss for now, but you won’t get anything done without the help and support of your staff. Demonizing public employees might be good for a sound bite, but it’s an ineffective management approach.
Nor is it a sign of strength. Instead it makes leadership look small-minded and even weak.
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