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Marylou Berg, Communication Manager, 240-314-8105
City of Rockville Receives Findings From Internal Review
Report Will Be Used To Improve Organizational Processes
Rockville, Md., Nov. 28 - In response to employee complaints, the City of Rockville engaged an outside law firm, Saul Ewing, LLC, to conduct an internal review of Rockville's personnel policies and procedures. Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio announced that on Tuesday, the Mayor and Council received a confidential briefing of findings and recommendations from the report. Marcuccio said, "I am very grateful to those individuals who came forward to share their concerns with the investigators. It is because of their trust in our process that we can now move forward under our new City Manager with a list of recommendations and changes that will return our City to the superior place to work we know it should be."
Saul Ewing identified no unlawful conduct. Based on the internal review, Saul Ewing has recommended improvements to communication between management and staff and to the City's human resources processes. The firm found that no one person, department or policy was at the root of the complaints.
Specific recommendations from the Saul Ewing report include:
City Manager Barb Matthews, who started her position Oct. 1, will use the report as a resource to guide improvements in the City's operations. "The City of Rockville is a community service organization, and our employees are our most valuable asset. The findings outlined in the Saul Ewing report provide the City with the opportunity to strengthen its work environment, in order to better support the members of our workforce as well as the community we serve."
Matthews added, "The Saul Ewing report comes at an opportune time as I begin the recruitment process for a new Director of Human Resources. The report recommendations will be helpful in identifying the priority issues that the new Director of Human Resources will need to address in order to implement the necessary organizational changes."
The City retained Saul Ewing to look into certain workplace concerns and to review the City's personnel policies and procedures for any suggested revisions. The review began in May. Throughout the review, the City worked with Saul Ewing to encourage employee participation. Saul Ewing established a confidential telephone hotline, which current employees used to schedule confidential in-person meetings to review any complaints or concerns related to the City. For the convenience of the witnesses and to protect their privacy, employee interviews were conducted at confidential locations in and around Rockville. Employees from seven City departments at all levels of the City government were interviewed.
The final report is confidential as it contains personnel information which cannot be made public.
Rockville is considered one of the nation's leading small cities. Rockville reveres its roots, its commitment to citizen-centric public service, to the environment and to the connection of neighborhoods and residents. Rockville is a 13-square-mile city that is home to more than 62,000 residents, located less than 15 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., and is frequently recognized as one of the best places to live in the nation.
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