Rawipha Phuengporn, head of the finance department of Taiyawas Tambon Administrative Organisation in Nakhon Chaisi district, complained to police that her boss, TAO chief Somdet Suksomkit, attacked her on Sept 12, reports said.
She said she informed him that his 150,000 baht proposal for landscape renovation in the area had been rejected because he planned to hire a private contractor to do the job.
Ms Rawipha said she pointed out that the project spending could not be approved, because his plan did not meet the criteria. The project is aimed at public participation and hiring local people to do the work.
Ms Rawipha said she left his office after she informed him of the decision.
The man was furious that his proposal was rejected. He came after her as she headed back to her office and pulled her hair and slapped her twice on her face.
Police said they have obtained footage from a surveillance camera at the TAO office that captured the entire incident.
Deputy chief of Nakhon Chaisi district Yongyuth Suanthong said he had been assigned to investigate the incident. If found guilty the TAO chief could be permanently relieved from duty.
The video clip below, uploaded to YouTube by Mvnoline1, shows a civil servant being struck by her superior in Nakhon Pathom on Sept 12, 2012.