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Official: Morale bad at City Hall

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By David Giuliani

City Councilwoman Diane Moore said last week that she is concerned about the morale of city employees.

At a council meeting, she said employees have told her the city government is the worst they’ve seen it. She said employees are beginning to get paranoid about their job security.

As such, she said it’s important to recognize the work of city employees, possibly advertising their accomplishments in a newsletter.

In recent months, Moore has been critical of the leadership of Mayor Tony Marquez, saying he has been micromanaging city government. A few weeks ago, she voted against firing Utilities Director George Du Four, a move that Marquez pushed.

In response to Moore, Marquez said it’s important that employees are taken care of, especially those in the lower rungs. He reminded the council that in 2007, he voted against $20,000 increases for top city officials when he was a councilman. He said the council should give sizable raises to those lower on the totem pole first.