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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A petition with nearly 70 signatures from city workers claim they no longer have confidence in the streets superintendent.

KWWL got a copy of the list of signatures given to the Cedar Rapids Assistant City Manager stating public works employees are "not satisfied with management of the Streets Maintenance Division," calling out Street Superintendent Mike Duffy.

New Public Works Director Jen Winter says Duffy hasn't been in his new role for too long.

"A large amount of change going is on in the department right now and sometimes that can be hard," said Winter. "Sometimes it's hard to know where some of these decisions are coming from."

Winter says she plans on meeting with each signer individually, and dealing with the situation internally. 


"Just get a sense of what their concerns and issues are, and then we'll look at what we can do to start addressing them."

Winter admits the public works department really needs stability.

We spoke with a few people who signed this petition, they weren't willing to point out exactly what they allege Duffy is doing - but say he's is "unnecessarily disruptive" and their working environment hasn't been the same since he took his new role.

Recently the department underwent an organizational review aimed to improve efficiencies in the department, something Winter says might be the issue.

"While it's a challenging time, I think it's an exciting time for the city and we are looking at implementing some best practices that came out of this organizational review that should in the end make us a better department."

Calls to Mike Duffy were made, but haven't yet been returned.

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