Prior to the adoption of Ord. 17016 on 09/17/2001, Section 19-192 read as follows.


    (a) Every person transferred, promoted, appointed or reappointed to a permanent position with the city shall be required to complete a successful probationary or qualifying period of at least six (6) continuous months duration.

    (b) Individuals placed in entry-level police officer or fire-fighter positions are required to complete a successful probationary or qualifying period of at least eighteen (18) continuous months. All other commissioned police and fire positions will serve a twelve-month probationary or qualifying period. Positions identified as ineligible for overtime in the city's pay plan, are required to complete a successful probationary or qualifying period of at least twelve (12) continuous months; other positions shall serve a six-month probationary or qualifying period.

    (c) The probationary or qualifying period shall begin immediately upon appointment to a permanent position. The probation or qualifying time period may be extended if deemed necessary by the department head. Such an extension must be processed as a personnel requisition, with review by the director.

    (d) Time spent in an "acting" capacity prior to receiving a permanent appointment to the same classification and department shall be considered as time spent as a probationary or qualifying employee in the position.

    (e) An employee who is promoted or transferred prior to completing a probationary period shall begin a new probationary (not qualifying) period in the new position, and shall have no grievance/appeal privileges until a probationary period is successfully completed in one classification. The employee shall, however, be eligible for benefits specified in these policies following the completion of six (6) months continuous service (or prorated equivalent thereof if in a permanent part-time position).

    (f) An employee whose position is reclassified will not be required to complete a new probationary or qualifying period. An employee whose position is reclassified prior to completing a probationary period will not complete a new probationary period, but shall be required to successfully complete the original probationary period.

(Code 1964, § 22.1020; Ord. No. 13115, § 1, 9-16-91; Ord. No. 14617, § 1, 9-18-95; Ord. No. 14984, § 1, 9-16-96; Ord. No. 15355, § 1, 9-15-97)