It’s not personal; it’s personnel

A series of personnel issues—including perceived unwarranted police investigations and exhaustive employee grievance hearings—is the reason for the City Council’s relinquishing of Mayor Fred Small’s department-head hiring and firing responsibilities, according to a letter written Sunday by Councilwoman Cathy Barnette.

In the letter, sent to all on her District 2 mailing list, fellow city leaders, the mayor and media, Barnette writes, “Personnel issues in the city of Daphne have been a problem for the last four years and is the primary driver behind the passage of Ordinance 2009-32.”

Barnette said she received several inquiries about the ordinance and felt an explanation of the council’s actions was necessary.

It’s not personal; it’s personnel