Council issue

Timothy McLean ASKED

I have a question for City Managers who have faced this issue before. A toxic department head is feeding information and complaints/criticisms of other departments and procedures to a councilmember. It has been my experience that the only time it is appropriate for a department head to go around the city manager is if anything illegal, unethical or immoral is going on. This is absolutely not the case. There is no hard proof that this is going on, but I am very much aware that it is going on and it is severely undermining my ability to manage. How have you dealt with this situation?

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