Personnel Rule Changes On Agenda


Changes in the town code regarding personnel are up for another discussion this week.

The town council will have a second reading of the amendments to the ordinance and a public hearing at its March 13 meeting.

The first reading and hearing on the changes was Feb. 27.

Among the changes:

  • Giving the town manager the authority to hire and fire all department heads, with the exception of the town attorney. The manager would select and appoint, and have the power to terminate, all department head positions. He also would make personnel decisions for town officers, but would need the ratification of the council.
  • The elimination of the super majority vote (6-1) currently required to terminate the employment of key town officials.
  • Appeal of termination to the personnel board, with the council upholding or rejecting the recommendation with a 4-3 vote.
  • Reduction of the number of positions designated as town officers from eight to four. Currently the town officers include the town manager, town attorney, town clerk, public works director/engineer, town magistrate, chief fiscal officer, police chief and fire chief. The change would designate only the following as town officers: town manager, town attorney, town clerk, town engineer and town marshal/police chief.

The council also will consider a complementary resolution addressing changes in the personnel rules and procedure manual.

Other items on the March 13 agenda include: Award of contracts for the masonry and concrete for the Main Street Heritage Park and a request to rebid the contract for the construction at the park; and elimination of the requirement to obtain a permit to remove dead trees.

The council meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 13 in the town hall, 303 North Beeline Highway.

For more information, call 474-5242.

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