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Deanna: Bullying Behavior ‘The Norm’

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: "I find your analogy of reality tv for a City Council meeting is apt, however, I feel that the lack of respect shown for a staff member is inappropriate at best. I am not sure that our City Council meetings should be sensation seeking reality tv. Dan Gookin was correct last night when he said that our council is split which mirrors a community that is split. Bullying behavior from some council members is now the norm at City Hall, and we see the results in a staff that is under a great deal of stress. It is difficult at best to function under that type of leadership. I believe that our past successes show that we have had an efficient, quality driven, entreprenuerial management structure that is now at risk. When people are threatened, they put their heads down and just try to survive, That creats a typical government environment, I would like to think that we fostered an different culture at City Hall and our successes have shown that difference."

Question: "Bullying behavior from some council members is now the norm at City Hall." Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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