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May 31, 2020

3/7/2020 7:30:00 AM
Reader ponders if any thing has changed at City Hall one year after 'No Confidence' letter

To the Editor:

On Wednesday March 11, it will be one year since a no confidence letter was submitted by employees of city hall to the council, which was unfortunately just dismissed.

Those employees have continued to have to deal with the same issues for well over a year!

Why weren't, why aren't they believed? Why has nothing changed?

I have sent the question, via emails to the mayor & council members, asking why one employee's "unacceptable" behaviors & attitude is allowed to persist?

Do they allow it because they themselves do not have to work on a daily basis with this? Or, perhaps, the person does not display this attitude toward them? Or do they just consider this behavior and attitude acceptable?

How can they not believe these employees?

I have to wonder is or would this type of behavior/attitude by one person toward the others they work with be allowed at the courthouse, sheriff's office, police department, school system, chamber (of commerce), or other businesses in our city? If not, then why at Rhinelander City Hall?!

Those in charge - who are suppose to be mayor/council - have had the ability to end it, but if not, will have to continue to question why not?

Our city hall staff members deserve to be treated better, they deserve to be treated right! They should be working in a friendly comfortable atmosphere!

There are committees being set up to deal with "ethics" and "bullying." There is already a place in the "City of Rhinelander Personnel Policies and Employee Manual" which spells out very clearly what is expected from city employees, which includes a "good team attitude," being "courteous and respectful," communicating "pleasantly and respectfully with other employees at all times," plus having "everyone work together efficiently, effectively, and harmoniously." That includes anyone in a management position.

The manual can be viewed online. Check it out.

I have been thanked by others for continuing to question why this issue has not been dealt with and asked what motivates me to continue to do so. I happen to not only like the staff members but also believe them. Also, my father raised his daughters to expect to be treated with respect & if not - to demand it!

Lastly, to the person who mailed me, without signature or return address, my last letter to the papers, with the words "butt out (expletive deleted)" written on it, thank you! That proves I am getting through to someone and you definitely motivate me to continue to do so!

Kate White, Rhinelander

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Article comment by: Mark Miazga

Yes, keep up the great work. The city is better than the corrupt culture the current administrator has foisted upon it. Good things will hopefully start to get done beginning with his hopeful termination.

Posted: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Article comment by: Dan Folmer

@Kate White:

The WWII bomber pilots had a saying, "If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target."

I think it's safe to say that you are on target, ma'am! Keep up the great work!

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