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Personnel Policies

SECTION 2-201 GENERAL PROVISIONS

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Secs. 2-201.01 Purpose

It is the intent of the City Commission and City Manager to attract and retain employees of the highest caliber, to encourage the development of individual acceptance of responsibility for the attainment of outstanding public service, to select, direct, and evaluate employees based on criteria of ability, training, experience and other work related considerations, to provide clean, safe, and pleasant working conditions, to provide training for supervisory personnel that will assist them to lead and motivate their employees in an effective manner, to provide opportunity to employees to better themselves through training and tuition aid, to provide a grievance procedure that will provide prompt and appropriate settlement of employee grievances through the implementation and maintenance of policies, procedures, practices, rules and standards. The purpose of these Personnel Administration Policies (hereafter referred to as "PAP", "Rules", or "Policies") is to establish procedures which will serve as a guide to administrative actions covering most personnel actions which will arise. return to top

Secs. 2-201.02 Positions Covered

(a) Unless a specific Section or Subsection provides otherwise, the provisions of these Rules shall be applicable to all employees except:

  1. Elected officials.
  2. Persons hired as independent contractors on a contractual, fee, or retainer basis.
  3. Temporary, non-regular part-time, or casual employees.
  4. Persons employed under the provisions of government programs or grants.

(b) Provided, however, the sections or subsections with an asterisk (*) beside them apply to all employees.

(c) For persons and employees covered by these Rules, continued employment, discipline and position placement shall be at the will and pleasure of the City under such terms and conditions as are determined by the City, or its designee.

(d) Employees who serve as Division Directors, Department Heads or in higher level positions:

  1. Shall be supervised and evaluated by the City Manager or his designee, and shall serve in their capacity - and as City employees at his pleasure.
  2. Shall not have access to Sections 2-212 or 2-213 but shall present their grievances directly to the City Manager who shall resolve same as he deems in the best interest of City operations.

(e) The final interpretation and application of the PAP shall be made by the City of Lake Wales (hereinafter "City"), or its designee. The City reserves the right to amend, alter, modify, delete and add to the PAP as it deems appropriate to serve the best interest of the residents and citizens of Lake Wales, Florida. return to top

Secs. 2-201.03 Administration
(a) The City Manager is responsible for the administration and interpretation of the PAP.

(b) Department Heads/Managers are responsible for the administration of these Policies within their respective Departments/Divisions. return to top


Secs. 2-201.04 Amendments
(a) Amendments to the PAP shall be recommended by the City Manager and adopted by the City Commission. Copies will be distributed to all Department/Divisions and employees.

(b) A committee will be established by the City Manager, from each Department of the City for the purpose of suggesting amendments to the PAP. Suggested amendments will be forwarded to the City Manager for approval prior to submission to the City Commission for adoption. return to top


Secs. 2-201.05 Department Policies
(a) Departmental policies and standard operating procedures will be reduced to writing and submitted to and reviewed by the City Manager for approval.

(b) Departmental policies and standard operating procedures approved by the City Manager will serve as supplements to these Policies. In the event of conflict, the PAP shall prevail unless the departmental rule has been specifically approved as an exception by the City Manager.

(c) Approved changes in departmental policies and standard operating procedures shall be distributed to the affected employees and the Human Resources Director. return to top
Secs. 2-201.06 Overall Employment Policy
(a) The overall employment policy of the City shall include:
  1. There shall be no illegal discrimination in employment, employment opportunities or job actions on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, legally-recognized disability, political affiliation, or marital status unless one or more of the above constitute a bona fide occupational qualification within the meaning of the law. No job applicant or present employee will be illegally discriminated against or given preference because of any of the above characteristics, unless otherwise required by law.
  2. Persons with known legally-recognized disabilities will be given full consideration for employment and opportunities for advancement in all departments and divisions. The City will offer to such persons reasonable accommodation with respect to the essential functions of the job, provided the person is otherwise qualified to perform the job, and provided further accommodation does not create undue hardship on City operations.
  3. The City will take affirmative recruitment actions to expand employment opportunities for groups that are underutilized in the City workforce, but not in any way which violates applicable law. return to top
Secs. 2-201.07 Collective Bargaining Agreement
Where these Rules or departmental rules and regulations are in conflict with the express terms of the CBA, the terms of the CBA shall take precedence. return to top
Secs. 2-201.08 Policy Statement
(a) In accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and provisions of the City Charter, but not limited to the following, the City has the right to:
  1. Determine the organization of City Government;
  2. Determine the purpose of each of its departments;
  3. Exercise control and discretion over the organization and efficiency of operations of the City;
  4. Set standards for services to be offered to the public;
  5. Manage and direct the employees of the City;
  6. Hire, examine, classify, promote, train, transfer, assign, schedule, evaluate and retain employees in positions with the City;
  7. Suspend, demote, discharge, or take other disciplinary action;
  8. Increase, reduce, change, modify, or alter the composition and size of the work force, including the right to relieve employees from duties, or furlough employees from duties because of lack of work, funds, or other legal reasons;
  9. Determine the location, methods, means and personnel by which operations are to be conducted, including the right to contract and subcontract existing and future work;
  10. Determine the number of employees to be employed by the City;
  11. Establish, change, or modify the number, types, and grades of positions or employees assigned to an organization, unit, department or project;
  12. Establish, change, or modify duties, hours of work, tasks, responsibilities, or requirements within job descriptions in the interest of efficiency, economy, technological change, or operating requirements;
  13. Take or refuse to take any action allowed by or not prohibited by law for the purpose of attempting to promote the efficient operation of the City;
  14. Take any other action it deems appropriate subject only to applicable law. return to top


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