Instead, consultant Barb Strandell, who has worked with squabbling city councils around the region, will lead a “team-building” exercise in January that may include personality assessments.Keep talking, Mayor Johnson. Keep talking.
Strandell learned how steep her challenge is at a recent preparatory session when Mayor Valerie Johnson declared: “I don’t want to walk into another meeting where the first words are, ‘You are not a dictator!’ ”
When Strandell sought to cut in with a soothing, “Well, now, just let me say …” the mayor was having none of it.
“No, I’m going to keep talking,” Johnson said. “It’s my meeting.”
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