Despite being the subject of at least six hostile work environment complaints, De Ana Thompson, San Bernardino County’s Chief Deputy Recorder, was recently promoted to assistant recorder of the county’s Auditor-Controller/Recorder/Treasurer/Tax Collector office.
According to an April 2010 article in the San Bernardino County Sentinel:
Thompson’s personality and management style is at the center of a deteriorating circumstance which employees allege Walker has been unable to resolve. Six employees of the recorders division – Carol Atkins and Conchita White Eagle, deputy recorders Wendy Everett, John Pinckney and Dennis Tormey and staff analyst Sean Crees – have either taken stress leave or been transferred out of the recorder’s office in the last 17 months. All maintain they have been subjected to a hostile work environment, which they claim is a direct outgrowth of Thompson’s personality and management style.
Her arsenal of managerial tactics includes bullying, fear and intimidation, employees of the division say. Several of the recorder’s office employees were so put off by this treatment that they lodged with the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association, the county human resources division, the county administrative office and/or the board of supervisors no fewer than six complaints in writing regarding Thompson. Human resources director Andrew Lamberto undertook an investigation of Thompson, determining that Thompson was indeed harsh, demanding and brusque in her approach.
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