A Dane County department manager resigned abruptly in late July. The Human Services Department, formerly headed by Shawn Tessman, provides a comprehensive array of health and social services and programs to over 65,000 people in Dane County each year. In a Wisconsin State Journal State Journal story by Lucas Robinson, the former director of the department, criticized elected county supervisors in an email.
Tessman claimed that the county board showed distrust and disrespect for county managers. She listed a number of complaints to support her view, including the hiring of a retired judge to examine accusations of racism and mistreatment of animals at the county zoo. Tessman said the employee group represents one version of the truth.
A second manager said the employee group is very strong.
Wishing to remain anonymous, a county employee reacted to Tessman’s resignation with the following statement.
“I’m glad she resigned. If she does think that the employee group has too much power, then it’s good for Dane County employees that she resigned. The employee group has to maintain more than 50% membership. Managers are the few and employees are the many. It’s only right that employees have more power. We do the work.”
Reporting for Labor Radio, this is Carol Wedel
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