Section 19-4 Definitions.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 18887 on 02/06/2006, Section 19-4 read as follows.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the
meanings indicated in this section
Classification. A grouping of city positions which are substantially alike in duties and
responsibilities and which require substantially the same qualifications.
Classified employee. An employee occupying a classified position.
Classified position. A position in the classified service.
Classified service. All government offices and positions (full- and part-time) not specifically
placed in exempt or unclassified service by these policies and procedures.
Complaints. Any inequitable, unsafe, or malicious imposition upon an employee by a superior,
coworker, subordinate, employee from another department or division or individuals somehow
associated with official business being conducted by the employee.
Confidential employee. Any public employee who works with or has access to information
subject to use by the public employer in negotiating or who works in a close continuing
relationship/capacity with public officers or representatives associated with negotiating on behalf
of the employer.
Curtailment of work. A situation in which the need for the employee's services are no longer
required because the city no longer performs the function to which the employee was assigned, to
the degree that the same number of employees are needed.
Exempt service. Officers, appointments and positions of the city that are exempt from the
provisions of this chapter unless specifically provided otherwise. The following are in the
exempt service: city council members; city manager;
municipal judge; members of boards and
commissions, and committees; volunteer and other personnel who serve without pay; medical
and consultants and counsel rendering temporary professional service.
Grievance. Any dispute regarding the meaning, interpretation, application, or alleged violation
of the terms and provisions of the existing personnel procedures, or any determination involving
suspension, dismissal or disciplinary demotion.
Lack of funds. A situation in which the city is forced to drop positions because it does not
the funds to pay the salaries of the incumbent employees.
Overtime rate. The overtime rate is the rate of pay equal to one and one-half times the regular
rate of pay.
Pay status. An employee is in pay status when the employee is on duty or on an authorized
leave other than leave of absence.
Permanent employees. A permanent appointment is one made to a position created without
intent of limitation, and intended to exist for at least one budget year. A permanent appointment
may be for a full-time position or a part-time position. In order to be considered a permanent
appointment, a part-time position shall be specifically planned, approved and budgeted for a
minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours per year.
Position. A unit of duties and responsibilities to be carried out by one employee, normally on
full work-year basis.
Probationary period. The period of time (either six (6), twelve (12) or eighteen (18) months
established in section 19-192) following initial placement in a city position, and regarded as an
integral part of the examination process and which shall be utilized for closely observing the
employee's work, for securing the most effective adjustment of a new employee to the position,
and for replacing any employee whose performance does not meet the required work standards.
An employee who has not successfully completed a probationary period and/or
extension thereof shall not have access to grievance or appeal privileges.
Qualifying period. The period of time (either six (6), twelve (12) or eighteen (18) months as
established in section 19-192) following transfer or promotion from one classification to another
within city service, subsequent to the completion of a probationary period, shall be regarded as
an integral part of the examination process and shall be utilized for closely observing the
employee's work, for securing the most effective adjustment of a transferred or promoted
employee to the position, and for replacing any employee whose performance does not meet the
required work standards. An employee who has completed a probationary period and is serving a
qualifying period shall have grievance/complaint appeal privileges except in matters relating to
the employee's status in the position in which the employee is serving the qualifying period.
Supervisory employee. Any individual having the authority in the interest of the employer to
hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward or discipline other
public employees, or the responsibility to direct them, or to adjust their grievances, or effectively
to recommend such actions, if in connection with the foregoing, exercise of such authority is not
merely of a routine or clerical nature, but requires the use of independent judgment.
Temporary employees. Those individuals retained by the city on a limited, indefinite basis
with the intention of limiting their total number of hours worked as provided in this chapter.
Unclassified employee. An employee occupying an unclassified position.
Unclassified position. A position in the unclassified service.
Unclassified service. The following offices and positions are in the
unclassified service: city
clerk; all department heads; assistant city manager;
public communications officer; assistant
city manager; internal auditor; volunteer coordinator; secretary to city manager; emergency
communications and management administrator; assistant fire chief.
(Code 1964, § 22.110; Ord. No. 12386, § 1, 10-16-89; Ord. No. 14617, §
1, 9-18-95; Ord. No.
15035, § 1, 10-21-96; Ord. No. 15958, § 1, 4-19-99; Ord. No. 17016, § 1, 9-17-01; Ord.
17074, § 1, 10-15-01; Ord. No. 18710, § 1, 9-19-05)
Cross reference(s)--Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2
Editor's note - Ord. No. 18710, § 1, adopted September 19, 2005, which amended section 19-4
above, shall be in full force and effect from and after October 1, 2005.