Santa Clara: City employees leaving because of council’s ‘unacceptable behavior’

In exit interviews, employees are citing council dynamics as one of the reasons they’re leaving

The “Great Resignation” has hit Santa Clara, with many city employees leaving in large part because they’ve had enough of the City Council’s behavior.

At least that’s among the top three reasons given during their exit interviews, according to City Manager Deanna Santana, who relayed the sobering news to the Santa Clara City Council earlier this month.

Beyond council dynamics, employees cited the workload and a lack of work-life balance as other motives to abandon ship.

And hiring to replace departed employees hasn’t been any easier. Before the pandemic, the city had an 11 to 14 percent vacancy rate. Now, it’s 17 percent.

“We have some known workplace conditions that add to retention, but it’s those same known workplace conditions that add to our challenges to make it harder for us to recruit, as well,” Santana said at the Feb. 8 meeting.


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