In his two-hour appearance before the Montgomery County Council Tuesday, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger received lavish praise for his department’s steady performance while police agencies in New York, Cleveland and elsewhere are under siege for their use of force and behavior toward African Americans.

Toward the end of the session, however, Manger vented his frustration over a lack of support from the general public and the media.

“We’re not feeling a lot of support from the media, from the public, just the way we’re being characterized every day,” Manger said. “It’s a real disservice to the vast majority of men and women who wear this uniform and who are doing just the Lord’s work everyday.”

Council member Nancy Floreen (D-At-Large) picked up on Manger’s remarks and added her own lament about how tough elected officials have it, with an ungrateful public and a media only interested in reporting wrongdoing.

“That’s the world we live in,” she said. “As public servants we’re not going to get a lot of praise. We’re not going to get a lot of support. People are going to pick at us. That’s the job, and it’s hard for everyone to have to go through that.”

Manger said all his officers could do was to carefully handle every contact with the public. He added that he could do an entire separate presentation on traffic stops. But he left the council with just one among many dos-and-don’ts.

“I learned long ago you don’t say ‘Have a nice day’ when you give somebody a ticket,” Manger said. “They’re not going to have a nice day. You just gave them a ticket.”