Prior to the adoption of Ord. 17658 on 04/21/2003, Section 19-23 read as follows.


    (a) Appointment; composition; chairperson, compensation. The council shall appoint a personnel advisory board composed of seven (7) members who shall designate one member as chairperson. Members shall serve without compensation.

    (b) Qualifications; oath. Members of the personnel advisory board shall be residents and qualified registered voters of the city, shall hold no other lucrative public office nor lucrative position in city government during their terms, and shall be appointed to staggered three (3) year terms of office. They shall be required to take the oath prescribed for city officers, including a statement therein that they are fully supportive of a merit, affirmative action, equal opportunity, fair and impartial system for employee management. Members of the board shall have, by virtue of their total background, significant, substantive knowledge of social, legislative, political, and administrative factors affecting personnel management and employee relations; and shall in their deliberations and recommendations consider the best interest of effective, efficient services to the public as well as consistent, equitable application of those rules, policies, procedures and regulations.

    (c) Responsibilities. The responsibilities of the board shall be to:

    (1)    Advise the council, the city manager and the director at least once each year concerning its findings, opinions, various conclusions and recommendations on: the status of the personnel system including the city's affirmative action plan in terms of effectiveness and current state of affairs, desirable goals for improvement, identifiable problems and remedial recommendations and their activities as a board of the council.

    (2)    Review, comment on, and advise the director concerning changes in personnel policies.

    (3)    Hear appeals from corrective/disciplinary actions against city employees which result in disciplinary demotion, suspension, or dismissal of an individual.

    (4)    Perform such other adjudicatory/advisory duties with reference to personnel/employee relations management as the council may require or the city manager may request.

    (5)    Answer questions on the guidelines for personal, financial and professional conduct for municipal officials and employees.

    (d) Members to serve until successors selected; actions require majority note, quorum; meetings. Members of the board shall serve until such time as a successor is selected by the city council. Five (5) board members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. All actions of the board must be approved by a simple majority of those present at a meeting. Meetings shall be held at the request of the director or the chairperson.

    (e) Any board member having three (3) unscheduled absences without just cause within a period of one year, or who shall be continuously absent from meetings for any reason for a period of four (4) months (when regular meetings have been held in such four (4) months) without prior city council consent, shall automatically forfeit his office.  The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting.  Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five percent of the regular board meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office.  Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chairman of the board to promptly notify the city council of the vacancy.

(Code 1964, § 22.330; Ord. No. 9993, § 1, 11-7-83; Ord. No. 11957, § 1, 8-1-88)