Interpersonal Relations: Relations Between Council and Staff


  • A majority group with a specific agenda on the governing body may decide it is their responsibility to “run” the city or county undermining, staff authority.
  • Staff may be seen as trying to manipulate the governing body by not providing important information, or by not doing what the council or board has directed.

Governing body members and staff stop working as a team of “we” and begin to behave like competing factions of “us” versus “them.”

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