Our expert says:
SOunds like she's awfully bitter that the job went to you and not her. Is there someone doing HR who can help deal with this ? Maybe also discuss it with YOUR boss or other directors at your level, as they have probably met similar situations in their careers. Someone may need to take her aside and say that her bitterness and gossip is not acceptable, and that if she continues being a negative influence on staff morale, she may need to be demoted, disciplined or let go, unless she can find a way to stop this and to start being helpful.
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