We've seen lots of stuff out here both for and against Mayor Jill Dabbs. I would just like to know what the city employees think. Honestly.
What do you think about the petition to recall Mayor Dabbs?
What do you think about the changes Mayor Dabbs has made since taking office?
Any thoughts you would like to share with the City Council members?
This is not an open forum to insult, rant, accuse or point fingers at anyone. If that happens I will delete your post. I would like to see calm, honest and dignified responses. You don't have to post under your real name. I will put everyone on the honor system that you are truly a Bryant city employee. (But please don't post here if you are not a city employee.) I can promise you that you will not be harrassed by anyone on here. If that happens I will delete their posts. If you have concerns please express them. If you have a complaint please tell me in a professional manner. If you have a compliment please tell me.
If you are concerned about keeping your identity hidden on this blog then go to hotmail or yahoo and create an account with a different name. Then come to MySaline and create a new account using that email address so you can say what you want to say without fear of intimidation or being "outed" by anyone whether it be an alderman, the Mayor or another employee. Thank you in advance for your comments.
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Sorry Percy - I'm not a City employee but I can tell you this is a waste of your time. They already live in fear every day of if they will have a job when they go to work the next day. Do you honestly think any of them are going to post on here? No way! That is just putting a target on their backs. Even if they post under a fake name they won't do it. These people have families to feed & can't take that chance. All they want is to do their jobs, do it well, have enough resources to do their jobs (people & money) & be treated professionally instead of like "bottom feeders".
Percy, I too am not a city employee, but I'm writing to commend you for what is a good idea, but will likely fail, not because of Coop's claim that fear grips the employees under a dangerous and dictatorial mayor who will throw them to the curb for daring to tell the truth......far from it.
It will likely fail because malcontents like Coop will jam it with anti-Dabbs rhetoric, or they will log on under multiple anonymous screen names and paint a horrific picture of life as a city employee that is simply not accurate. The only way you will get an accurate snapshot will be if real employees with real names step up, tell you who they are and w hy reports of widespread employee anger and fear are not true.
May I make a suggestion? Contact representatives of the Bryant Professional Fire Fighters Association local union (you can reach them through the Bryant Fire Department) and find out why the entire Bryant firefighters community supports Mayor Dabbs. I am currently getting access to a letter they wrote to that effect, which I will gladly post, with your permission, in the near future.
Maybe hearing from our heroes would be a good start to your poll of Bryant employees. After all, you want accurate outcome, not just more griping.
We all know the fire and police departments support the mayor which is commendable. I am sure most of them do not have face-to-face encounters with her as the staff in those offices.
I wonder if the petition list would be turned in at some point even if they didn't get enough votes.
John, with all due respect -- and I think you mean well -- but exactly where would you get the idea that there are face-to-face encounters between the mayor and staff members in those offices?
Understand me, I'm not jumping on you at all. I'm making a point, as I did in my most recent blog. So much of this is floated out here that a lot of people have some to assume that depressed city employees just ramble around the offices, not making eye contact while all of them try to avoid the mayor entirely or get in a fight.
This simply is not true, John.
The reason I suggested that Percy talk with representatives of the fire and police departments is because these are the two largest parts of our overall labor and work force. If she was the tyrant that Brenda Miller has struggled to paint her out to be, you'd think it would show up in the largest departments of the city. Not so.
Here's one more thing for you to consider: If YOU were the mayor, and if an employee got in your face, told you off, and said that they weren't going to do what you told them to do, what would YOU do? Take it? Accept it? Say, "I'm sorry you feel that way, but please do your job?" Would you just hope that they would not do things to sabotage your administration?
What would you do, John? Think about it, and then you will understand why employment within elected offices is "at will" under law, meaning that she -- not the HR director or even the Council -- determines who her staff is going to be. She is the CEO, the boss, the director, in essence, like the President of the city. She runs the show. She also takes the lumps for mistakes made.
And if her mistakes are fewer than her accomplishments in four years, she gets to come back.
No. If their collection of signatures falls below 2400, they won't even turn them in. And as of this writing, according to my intel, they are floundering for signatures right now. Still plenty of time, but the public didn't buy into the pile-on campaign waged by Danny Steele, or the high profile publicity of Adrian Henley's website.
Most Bryant residents, I'm told, find their whole approach to be sophomoric and offensive, and are turning them away at the door. I've talked to a number of people who have told me not to worry, that people see right through them. I hope they're right. This mayor deserves better.
“but exactly where would you get the idea that there are face-to-face encounters between the mayor and staff members in those offices”. I wasn’t talking about one particular incident. I was merely saying that the fire department staff is not hanging out in our city offices and working with the mayor as much as the employees in those offices. Those individuals would know better than the police and fireman how they are treated. It’s not about who has the largest payroll. I think the fire and police should have a say, I don’t think it ends there. The question, unless I misunderstood Percy, is how the employees feel about working for her. A lot of rumors floating around and I think Percy wants to understand from them not someone defending the mayor. I am not going to speculate how that particular incident occurred. I would have to been there to do so.
RDT - when I suggested that you look like Travis Tritt, that was actually a compliment not an insult so there is no reason for you to call me a "malcontent". When I posted that employees won't comment on here for fear of retaliation, that was a fact. If you don't believe that many of these employees are unhappy, just ask your friend Mayor Dabbs. Since you think you know everything about everything, then you probably already know about the mandatory employee meeting Mayor Dabbs had with all city employees last week. Why did she call this meeting? Hmmmmm, maybe because she knows many of her employees are unhappy & feel like they are working in a hostile work environment? I think so. She even addressed the job security fear specifically. Wow, I can't imagine the Mayor taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to call this meeting if working at the City is all sunshine & roses. She did it because she knows there is a problem. On that note, I commend her (yes I said that). The fact that she is so busy but took time out of her schedule to talk with the employees, ask questions & address concerns gives me hope that things could turn around (if she follows through). You see RDT, I'm not anti-Dabbs but I am pro-employees & whether you like it or not, all postings I have put on this site in regards to employees is 100% true. You do know alot, but you don't know everything and Coop has the scoop when it comes to the City of Bryant employees.
Any particular song? Maybe T-R-O-U-B-L-E? :)
Intel .....LOL that word does not suit you Ricky
I would like to meet the Mayor. I think I will go to the next council meeting and meet these people.