"chain of command" vs. micromanagement
As a company officer trying to do what is right and take care of my personnel and my station, I am butting heads with my supervisor; a Chief officer. In all cases he refers to "chain of command", however I do not fully agree these are chain of command issues but can not find any evidence to support either side.
On one occasion, I spoke to the Fire Chief in a casual conversation in public about an idea to spruce up the station to improve morale. He thought is was a good idea. A week later when he told my supervisor about it, I was given a talking to about not coming to him first before talking to the Fire Chief.
On another occasion I was talking to two firefighters about a staffing issue with the plans of coming to my supervisor with a suggestion. But before I had a chance to meet with him, he heard I was discussing staffing with the firefighters and again lectured me on not coming to him first since he has the final say on staffing issues.
Most recently, I was asked a question by a local government official pertaining to a fire department issue. I respectfully answered the question, but did not let my supervisor know about the conversation. I again was talked to about chain of command.
Again, in all of these cases I do not feel chain of command was an issue. Does anyone have any insight or know where I can find something to support either side of the dispute.