An alderman is concerned over how major problems festered in the city's Health Department with seemingly few people aware of the difficulties.
Alderman Bob Mozol wants to survey city employees about the process for reporting problems and complaints to supervisors or the Human Resources Department.
Mozol said he's concerned the existing process is flawed after sitting through a brutal hearing that resulted in Public Health Administrator Janelle Grammer being fired. Several Health Department employees testified that Grammer was incompetent and the department was being run poorly in recent years.
Mozol said it was unfortunate city employees had to put their careers on the line by testifying at an open hearing against their boss. The problems should have been dealt with sooner, he said. Instead, at least one employee who raised concerns about Grammer was retaliated against. "Nothing was getting done," Mozol said.
He requested the survey from the Personnel and Finance Committee. The committee deferred action to do more preliminary work on the survey and to invite other city staff to the meeting.
Mozol said it could take some digging to restore faith in the city's complaint system. The survey could be an important first step in uncovering problems.
"We'll see how deep it goes?" he said.