Perkins Township employees finish conflict resolution classes

Perkins Township taxpayers spent nearly $20,000 to create harmony and unity amongst its government employees, according to a Register analysis of financial documents.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 30, 2012

Perkins Township taxpayers spent nearly $20,000 to create harmony and unity amongst its government employees, according to a Register analysis of financial documents.

During the past couple of years, township employee morale hit rock bottom.

Contributing to this decline were incidents such as former police Chief Tim McClung heading to federal prison in June 2011 for improperly selling police department guns, and building inspector John Curtis accusing fiscal officer Diane Schaefer of creating a hostile work environment in May 2011.

Township trustees wanted to zap all the lingering emotions and learn how to move forward in a positive direction.

So they enlisted the help of BGSU Firelands officials.

They created several classes aimed to bolster trust, handle conflict situations and create better relationships with employees.

“We wanted to look at building a level of trust and set the stage for how are we going to treat each other,” said Bryan Cavins, BGSU Firelands’ assistant dean of students for leadership programs.

An opening lesson for township employees: Treat everyone equally and with respect.

“It’s a feel-good, do-good concept,” Cavins said, who spearheaded the lesson plans. “I’m more likely to reach out and help my fellow colleagues when I’m treated (well).”

Several employees are already noticing a positive change in township offices.

“The cooperation wasn’t there before like it is now,” Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said. “The residents will benefit from this.”

Said highway foreman Kevin Boos: “I hate to look back at some of the negativity. Perkins Township as a whole just didn’t exist. But since starting these classes, I have seen the growth in every department.”
 

Comments

Julie R.

It took several classes to the tune of almost $20,000.00 just to tell people to do unto others as you would want others to do unto you?     

CurtisBaillie

I find it interesting that many employees only attended 1 class when othere attend 7 or 8 classes.

Keep Focused

The people who attended the larger number of classes have supervisory responsibility. The people who attended one class are not supervisors but they have leadership responsibility, they have long Township service and their opinions were very valuable in designing the content for the remaining training sessions. This is the way the training was planned.

smile1234

There are 3 dept .road, police and fire. The moral in one dept. has changed for the good and it isnt becouse of any class that was given. 

Blacktigress

Wow, its a good thing Jesus didn't charge for His teachings, like

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  I guess 'treating others with respect' by a proffessor costs more.....

Humanists, they are so confused.

Taxpayer

I guess all those UNION township employees are in a melancholy state of failure.  I thought you liberals voted for the "unifer" and "messiah" remember??  No?  Ha! Ha!  These poor employees are "bummed" out because of the negativity from the Register reporting events from the past year?  Come on!  MAN UP Perkins Twp. UNION employees!  Everything goes in cycles.  Before Perkins became headline news, SPD was the top contender thanks to a newspaper editor castigating individual officers in the "free" press.  Each individual FOP UNION officer could not even file a UNION grievance to complain.  They were FORCED to take it because Nuesse ("Bye, Bye Kimmie") had media support.  Perkins has always had their ups and downs.  Just check out the linage of trustees, clerks, chiefs (both police and fire), highway department heads, employees and decades of antiquity press stories by the Register.  It goes back to when when the township first incorporated.  The list is long and equivocal.   Hey Curt, didn't you claim to have worked at PPD?  That should place you at the old Bogart Rd. location ensconced in a corn field.  I wonder if the current employees at Perkins would be "depressed" if they had to work out of that place?  Do you think these "sensitivity" and "motivational" classes at $20K a pop would have helped when you were working at Perkins?  Just wondering.   

donutshopguy

 My guess is the new multi-million dollar township building will make everyone feel better.  And, pigs fly.

FruGalSpender

it is a shame that fiscal officer diane shaeffer only makes $13.55 a hour compared to all of the others. the register will not have her to kick around anymore after she leaves office. who will be the next victim of the register?