Prior to the adoption of Ord. 18254 on 09/20/2004, Section 19-84 read as follows.


    (a)    Promotion.  When an employee is promoted to a position in a higher class or when an employee's position is reclassified, the employee's salary rate of pay shall be increased to at least the minimum rate for the higher class new position. Employees promoted or transferred will immediately begin a qualifying period for the new position. Any employee who accepts an assignment in a lower classification carrying a lower rate than the rate received at the time of assignment shall receive the rate established for the classification to which the employee is transferring. A transferring employee may receive a pay rate equal to an amount commensurate with the length of continuous city employment contingent upon budgetary conditions, department head request, and the director's review of the situation. In the event the employee does not satisfactorily complete the qualifying period, the employee shall, unless the qualifying period is extended, revert to his/her previous position within the prevailing rate of pay for the position, provided a position is available.

    (b)    Upward reclassification.  When an employee’s position is reclassified to a classification in a higher pay grade, the employee’s rate of pay shall be increased, if necessary, to fall within the pay range of the new position.  Subject to any guidelines established by the city manager, the department head, with the approval of the director, may increase the reclassified employee’s rate of pay to any amount within the pay range of the new position.

    (c)    Downward reclassification.  When an employee’s position is reclassified to a classification in a lower pay grade, the employee’s rate of pay shall not be lowered.  If, after reclassification, the employee’s rate of pay is higher than the maximum for the pay grade, the employee’s rate of pay shall remain unchanged and shall not be increased before the maximum for the pay grade is increased to exceed the employee’s rate of pay.

    (d)    Upward change in pay grade.  When a classification is placed in a higher pay grade, the rate of pay of employees in that classification shall not automatically be increased, except that the rate of pay of employees paid below the minimum of the new pay grade shall be increased to the minimum of the new pay grade.

    (e)    Downward change in pay grade.  When a classification is placed in a lower pay grade, the rate of pay of employees in that classification shall not be lowered.  If, after the classification is placed in a lower pay grade, an employee’s rate of pay is higher than the maximum for the pay grade, the employee’s rate of pay shall remain unchanged and shall not be increased before the maximum for the pay grade is increased to exceed the employee’s rate of pay.

    (f)    Transfers.  When an employee is transferred, the employee’s rate of pay shall be adjusted, if necessary, to fall within the pay range of the new position.  Subject to any guidelines established by the city manager, the department head, with the approval of the director, may increase the transferred employee’s rate of pay to any amount within the pay range of the new position.

    (g)     Demotions.  When an employee is demoted (voluntarily or as a result of disciplinary actions or reductions in departmental operations), the employee’s rate of pay shall be lowered, if necessary, to fall within the pay range of the new position.

(Code 1964, § 22.520(3); Ord. No. 14617, § 1, 9-18-95)