(Asheville Citizen-Times) The California-based Matrix was hired for $47,500 in November to assess problems and recommend changes after an eruption of morale and administrative issues. The report was sent out to department employees with an e-mailed message from City Manager Gary Jackson encouraging police staff to read it. Jackson made a point of praising employees. “It took years, even decades for such an organizational culture to develop in the Asheville Police Department,” the assessment said. “Addressing these perceptions will take time to address. However, with an new interim police chief and a permanent police chief later in the year, the opportunity to address these issues is here.”

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