Mayor Cantrell sends letter to city employees: 'We public servants have to stick together'_lowres

 

Shortly after her inauguration this morning, Mayor LaToya Cantrell sent a letter to City of New Orleans employees, asking them for their patience and saying she'll be soon be sending out a survey to solicit their opinions on a wide variety of matters.

"The City has been doing some things the same way for a long, long time," Cantrell wrote. "Sometimes that’s a beautiful tradition, like today’s inaugural events. But sometimes we have just gotten stuck in an old way of doing things and it’s time to update how we operate. Change can be uncomfortable, but I know that if we stick together as a team — as a family — we will come out the other side in a better place."

[content-2] Cantrell added, "Your perspective, your eyes and ears, are valuable front-lines of information we have, and I am listening. Let me know what you are proud of, and how you see us moving forward, together."

Under the jump: the entire letter.

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To all of the hard-working, dedicated employees of the City of New Orleans,

Today is a new day, the start of a new era. For those of you that have been here for decades, I know you have seen many transitions before. But today is not just the beginning of a new administration, it is truly the beginning of a new era of New Orleans. Things will be changing around here, and with your help, we will serve the people of New Orleans so our city can be the best she can be.

First and foremost, I want you to know that you matter to me. We public servants have to stick together, and I think of each and every one of you as my family, because I care about each of you individually and I want you to know that you are seen, you are important, and you are recognized for your work serving our city.

I believe that before we can truly serve the residents of this city, first we have to take care of ourselves, and we have to take care of each other. For me, it’s all about the people – those who we serve, but also our colleagues and coworkers. When we build strong teams, we build strong departments, and we build a stronger New Orleans.

In the next few days, you will be receiving information about a survey for all City employees, so you can tell me about the issues in your communities – where you live, where you play, where your kids go to school. What do you want to see changed or repaired? What do you have to drive by every day that you wish you could fix? Also, I want to know about how you would go about resolving these issues. What ideas do you have for improving your community? What have we not tried yet that you believe may work? I urge you to be part of the solution.

I want to hear from each and every one of you – black, white, men, women, and everyone in between. I want to hear about what you care about, and how you believe we can reach across social, cultural and economic lines and make sure every voice is given the respect it deserves.

Your perspective, your eyes and ears, are valuable front-lines of information we have, and I am listening. Let me know what you are proud of, and how you see us moving forward, together.

The City has been doing some things the same way for a long, long time. Sometimes that’s a beautiful tradition, like today’s inaugural events. But sometimes we have just gotten stuck in an old way of doing things and it’s time to update how we operate. Change can be uncomfortable, but I know that if we stick together as a team – as a family – we will come out the other side in a better place.

Today I ask for your patience with me and my team while we transition into office, but more importantly, I ask for you to be there to help some of your new colleagues find bathrooms, set up phones and emails, and become part of the team.

Thank you for the honor of serving as your Mayor, I am so grateful to be working alongside you, and sharing the next four years with you as we work together to make New Orleans the best version of herself that we know she can be.

— LaToya Cantrell