Chapter 3.07
POLICY

Sections:

3.07.010    Purpose.

3.07.020    Applicability.

3.07.030    Development and organization.

3.07.040    Administrative policies adopted after public hearing.

3.07.050    Administrative policies adopted by reference.

3.07.060    Implementation.

3.07.080    Severability.

3.07.090    Effective date.

SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 159    03/09/82

AMENDED SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 752    07/13/04

3.07.010 Purpose.

The Board of Clallam County Commissioners (Board) finds that the effectiveness of County policies would be improved by: (1) requiring that policy resolutions of the Board and other County policy-making bodies be maintained in a well-organized and accessible fashion; (2) requiring notice and public hearing prior to the adoption of administrative policies; (3) adopting the County’s administrative policies by reference; and (4) requiring County officials to follow policies adopted after public hearing.

3.07.020 Applicability.

This chapter shall apply to all County officials and employees. For purposes of this chapter, County officials include elected officials, appointed department heads, and the County administrator.

3.07.030 Development and organization.

(1) The County Administrator shall cause to be developed and recommend policies and procedures for the efficient and effective operation of County functions and services. Adopted policies and procedures shall be organized by the County Administrator and known as the County administrative policies. The County Administrator shall make the County’s administrative policies accessible to the public, except those policies and procedures detailing emergency procedures for County employees that, if released, may impair vital governmental interests and functions shall be maintained separately and not made accessible to the public. Requests for opportunities to inspect or copy sensitive policies and procedures shall be discussed with the Prosecuting Attorney to determine what portion, if any, may be withheld from disclosure.

(2) The Clerk or Secretary of any other County policy-making body subject to this chapter shall maintain all policy resolutions in a well-organized, up-to-date, and accessible fashion so that County officials have ready access to them.

3.07.040 Administrative policies adopted after public hearing.

County administrative policies and procedures shall be adopted by resolution at regular public meetings of the Board after public hearing. Notice shall be published in the County legal newspaper at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing.

3.07.050 Administrative policies adopted by reference.

The County policies and procedures contained in the County administrative policies, now or as hereinafter amended, are adopted as a part of this chapter by reference.

3.07.060 Implementation.

(1) All County officials shall be aware of County administrative policies and shall adhere to and enforce said policies in the operation of their departments.

(2) County officials may use their best judgment in not following County administrative policies in emergency situations when there is insufficient time for rescinding or amending the applicable policy; provided, that the County official will report to the Board in writing as soon as possible explaining the nature of the emergency situation, the action taken in contravention of the applicable resolution, and the reasons therefor.

3.07.080 Severability.

If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of this chapter; it being hereby expressly declared that this chapter and each section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause and phrase thereof would have been adopted irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrase be declared invalid or unconstitutional.

3.07.090 Effective date.

This chapter shall take effect ten (10) days after adoption.