Albany City Manager to address morale issues, listen to concerns

Albany City Manager to address morale issues, listen to concerns

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Changes are coming to help boost morale for Albany city workers.

City Manager Tom Berry said he is going to different departments to listen to workers first-hand and learn what their issues are.

For Albany Police, Berry has been talking with officers on different shifts to listen to their concerns.

He said he plans to meet with every city department.

"That is, meet with each employee and listen to what they have to say on a global basis so it's in an open session, said Berry, but beyond that we will listen to them on an individual basis."

He says the organization as a whole hasn't changed much, and it has been a long time since city workers received a raise.

"The organization has been stagnant for a long time and I think employees have wanted to see some change for a long time. I think that change started under James Taylor, and we are just continuing that change," said Berry.

He also said the controversy surrounding a $20,000 bonus given to city worker Veronica Wright hasn't helped either.

His efforts come after Commissioner Tommie Postell recently stated police morale was poor. He said some officers didn't care about their jobs.

But Postell said he appreciates Berry's efforts.

"We are moving in the right direction and I appreciate Mr. Berry for his energy and effort, and I think he is doing a pretty good job and I think we are going to see some benefits and fruition to this project," said Postell.

Berry said they are conducting anonymous employee opinion surveys in the effort.

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