Chapter 3.16
CIVIL SERVICE

Sections:

3.16.010    Extended to certain departments.

3.16.020    Part-time and temporary employees excluded from civil service.

3.16.030    Filing charges.

3.16.040    Legal counsel.

3.16.050    Hearings.

3.16.060    Citizenship and residency requirements.

3.16.010 Extended to certain departments.

Civil service is hereby extended to all positions and employees within the city’s collective bargaining units, except: (A) those in the supervisory and professional unit; (B) library and museum positions and employees; and (C) positions of less than 20 hours per week or those not expected to continue more than nine consecutive months, and the employees filling those positions. [Ord. 2013-09-072 § 6; Ord. 10177 § 2, 1991; Code 1980 at § 3.16.060].

3.16.020 Part-time and temporary employees excluded from civil service.

Part-time employees who regularly work less than 20 hours per week, and temporary and seasonal extra help employees whose employment is not expected to and does not continue for more than nine consecutive months shall not be included in the civil service. [Ord. 10177 § 3, 1991].

3.16.030 Filing charges.

It shall be the duty of the city attorney to prepare all written charges against any officer or employee in the classified civil service upon request of the appointing officer or head of department in which such employee may be employed. [Code 1980 at § 2.08.030].

3.16.040 Legal counsel.

Legal counsel to the civil service commission shall be provided by a designated attorney within the city attorney’s office. The city attorney’s office shall take measures to ensure that all rules of professional conduct, including rules regarding conflict of interest, are met when providing such legal counsel. [Ord. 2015-12-055 § 2; Ord. 2013-09-072 § 7; Ord. 8490 § 1, 1976; Code 1980 at § 2.08.040].

3.16.050 Hearings.

Upon the written request of any appointing officer or head of department for legal representation in connection with any civil service commission hearing where charges have been brought by such officer or head of department against an employee of his department, directed to the mayor of the city, the mayor may, at his option, appoint a qualified member of the Washington State Bar, or direct the city attorney to perform such duty in representing said appointing officer or head of department in connection with such civil service hearing; and funds shall be provided to pay the reasonable costs for such services. [Ord. 8490 § 2, 1976; Code 1980 at § 2.08.050].

3.16.060 Citizenship and residency requirements.

Every member of the civil service commission shall be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of Washington for at least three years and Whatcom County for at least two years previous to their appointment. [Ord. 2009-05-030].