Chapter 2.48


2.48.010    Adoption of personnel system.

2.48.020    Definitions.

2.48.030    Administration.

2.48.040    Competitive service.

2.48.050    Adoption and amendment of rules.

2.48.060    Appointments.

2.48.070    Probationary period.

2.48.080    Status of present employees.

2.48.090    Demotion, dismissal, reduction in pay, suspension, reprimand.

2.48.100    Right of appeal.

2.48.110    Layoff and reemployment.

2.48.120    Political activity.

2.48.010 Adoption of personnel system.

In order to establish an equitable and uniform system for dealing with personnel matters, and to comply with applicable laws relating to the administration of the personnel process, the following personnel system is hereby adopted. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.020 Definitions.

The terms used to administer the personnel system shall be defined in the personnel rules. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.030 Administration.

The City Manager shall administer the City personnel system and may delegate any of the powers and duties of such administration and/or may delegate the appointing authority granted by the City Council to any other officer or employee of the City. The City Manager shall:

A. Act as the appointing authority for the City.

B. Administer all the provisions of this chapter and of the personnel rules not specifically reserved to the City Council.

C. Prepare and recommend to the City Council personnel rules and revisions and amendments to such rules.

D. Prepare or cause to be prepared a position classification plan, including class specifications, and revisions of the plan.

E. Have the authority to discipline employees in accordance with this chapter and the personnel rules of the City.

F. Provide for the publishing or posting of notices of tests for positions in the competitive service; the receiving of applications therefor; the conducting and grading of tests; the certification of a list of all persons eligible for appointment to the appropriate position in the competitive service; and performing any other duty that may be required to administer the personnel system. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.040 Competitive service.

The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all offices, positions and employments in the service of the City, except:

A. Elective officers.

B. The City Manager and any assistants to the City Manager.

C. Members of appointive boards, commissions and committees.

D. All department heads including the Director of Administrative Services, the Director of Community Development and the Director of Public Services.

E. Persons engaged under contract to supply expert, professional, technical or any other services.

F. Volunteer personnel.

G. All Council-appointed City officers.

H. Emergency employees who are hired to meet the immediate requirements of an emergency condition, such as an extraordinary fire, flood or earthquake which threatens life or property.

I. Employees, other than those listed elsewhere in this section, who are not regularly employed in permanent positions. “Regularly employed in permanent positions” means an employee hired for an indefinite term into a budgeted position, who is regularly scheduled to work no less than 1,040 hours per year, has successfully completed the probationary period and has been retained as provided in this chapter and the personnel rules.

J. Any position primarily funded under a State or Federal employment program.

K. Employees not included in the competitive service under this section shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authority. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.050 Adoption and amendment of rules.

Personnel rules shall be adopted by resolution of the City Council. The rules may establish regulations governing the personnel system, including:

A. Preparation, installation, revision and maintenance of a position classification plan covering all positions in the competitive service, including employment standards and qualifications for each class.

B. Appropriate announcement of the selection process and acceptance of applications for employment.

C. Preparation and conduct of tests and the establishment and use of resulting employment lists containing names of persons eligible for appointment.

D. Certification and appointment of persons from employment lists and the making of provisional appointments.

E. Establishment of probationary testing periods.

F. Evaluation of employees during the probationary testing period and thereafter.

G. Transfer, promotion, demotion, reinstatement, disciplinary action and layoff of employees in the competitive service.

H. Separation of employees from the City service.

I. The establishment and maintenance of adequate personnel records for purposes of accounting and legal requirements.

J. The establishment of any necessary appeal procedures. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.060 Appointments.

Appointments to vacant positions in the competitive service shall be made in accordance with the personnel rules. Appointments and promotions shall be based on merit and fitness. Examinations may be used and conducted to aid the selection of qualified employees and shall consist of selection techniques which will test fairly the qualifications of candidates such as achievement and aptitude tests, written tests, personal interview, performance tests, physical agility tests, evaluation of daily work performance, work samples or any combinations of these or other tests. The probationary period shall be considered an extension of the examination process. Physical, medical and psychological tests may be given as a part of any examination.

In any examination the City Manager or his/her designee may include, in addition to competitive tests, a qualifying test or tests, and set minimum standards therefor.

The appointing authority of employees in the competitive service is the City Manager. The City Manager may delegate the appointing authority to any other officer or employee of the City. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.070 Probationary period.

All regular appointments, including promotional appointments, shall be for a probationary period in accordance with applicable provisions of the personnel rules. Determinations as to satisfactory completion or extension of said period, and/or rejection of an employee during said period, shall also be consistent with the applicable provisions of the personnel rules. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.080 Status of present employees.

Any person holding a position included in the competitive service who, on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter, shall have served continuously in such position, or in some other position in the competitive service, for a period equal to the probationary period prescribed in the rules for his/her class, shall assume regular status in the competitive service in the position held on such effective date without qualifying test, and shall thereafter be subject in all respects to the provisions of this chapter and the personnel rules.

Any other persons holding positions in the competitive service shall be regarded as probationers who are serving out the balance of their probationary periods as prescribed in the rules before obtaining regular status. The probationary period shall be computed from the date of appointment or employment. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.090 Demotion, dismissal, reduction in pay, suspension, reprimand.

The City Manager or any appointing power shall have the authority to demote, discharge, reprimand, reduce in pay, or suspend any regular employee for cause in accordance with procedures included in the personnel rules. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.100 Right of appeal.

Any employee in the competitive service shall have the right to appeal a demotion, reduction in pay, suspension, or discharge for disciplinary or medical reasons, except in those instances where the right of appeal is specifically prohibited by this chapter or the rules adopted thereunder.

All appeals shall be processed in accordance with the requirements and procedures as set forth in the personnel rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.110 Layoff and reemployment.

Layoff and reemployment actions shall follow the process outlined in the personnel rules. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].

2.48.120 Political activity.

The political activities of City employees shall conform to pertinent provisions of State law and any local provision adopted pursuant to State law. [Ord. 805 § 1, 1987].