"Occasional attacks and smears are a part of the flavor of government career service," John W. Macy, Jr., executive director of the U.S. Civil Service Commission said last night.
Speaking at the Conference on Careers in Government, he asserted that the prestige of government employees is rising, in spite of such occupational hazards. He offered prospective civil servants opportunities for service and challenge in a field which is placing increasing emphasis on career development among employees.
Robert B. Freeman, deputy director of training of the Central Intelligence Agency, stressed the role of the CIA in compiling information used for high policy decisions. He cited the challenging intellectual environment of foreign service, and the need for employees of high potential and a broad liberal arts background.
Carleton F. Sharpe, city manager of Hartford, Conn., noted the closeness of local administrators to their problems, and the benefits of more direct contact with experienced superiors. The conference was held in the Dunster House Dining Room.