Be the example of the hard working government employee who loves their job and is high-energy as they go through their day. Yes there is dead wood. That is everywhere. Don’t fall into the trap of stooping to that level. Be open. Be responsive. If you don’t have answers, tell people you will find them an answer and then get back to them once you have it. Care enough to focus on what people say and what is important to them. When people see that government workers truly care, they may change their perspective. That is up to you, not them. Be the example that drives the negative stereotype out of people’s consciousness.