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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2007 2:35 am | Updated: 5:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Scottsdale city councilman, who says he’s been told city employees are plagued by low morale and a hostile work environment, has called for a public discussion of the issue.

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Councilman Tony Nelssen is stressing he is not seeking an investigation of City Manager Jan Dolan, but rather a meaningful council discussion and possibly an employee survey. A meeting date has not been set.

Nelssen said he’s heard from a “couple of dozen of current and past employees” who have complained about morale issues at the city and who are afraid to come forward publicly.

Nelssen has raised the issue before, including in January when he and two other council members voted against giving Dolan a raise, citing her management style.

“I don’t know where this will go and it’s kind of touchy, but the bottom line is there are some issues,” Nelssen said. “I have no doubt about it.”

Also in January, an anonymous letter from current and past employees was sent to Mayor Mary Manross, telling her of low morale. Manross did not return a phone call Thursday.

Dolan, who as city manager is the city’s top administrative official, also did not return a phone call, but has said that while any organization will have some unhappy employees, overall the city has high morale. Scottsdale’s turnover rate was 11.1 percent in 2005-06, the highest since 2001, dropping to 9 percent in 2006-07, which is the second highest.

Nelssen’s request came shortly after the council voted to dispose of a complaint that substantiated two hostile work environment allegations against City Auditor Cheryl Dreska, which including slamming doors and yelling at employees.

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