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SECTION 2-206 TYPES OF SEPARATIONS

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Secs. 2-206.01 Types of Separations

Separations and/or terminations from positions in the City service are designated as one of the following types. Change of status forms shall show the reason for the separation, and the last day and hour worked. The effective date of the separation shall be the last day on which the employee is present for duty. return to top

  1. Resignation
  2. Retirement
  3. Disability
  4. Death
  5. Reduction in force (layoff)
  6. Dismissal or discharge
  7. End of assignment
Secs. 2-206.02 Resignation

(a) An employee wishing to leave the City in good standing shall file with his supervisor a written resignation, stating the date and reasons for his resignation. Such notice must be given at least two weeks prior to the date of separation. Employees who give such notice may be considered for reemployment.

(b) In certain situations where in the sole discretion of the City Manager it is determined to be in the best interest of the city, an employee may receive wages in lieu of notice.

(c) Unauthorized absences or absences determined by the Department Head to be unexcused for a period of three (3) consecutive days or more shall be treated as a resignation without notice and the employee will be automatically terminated. return to top

Secs. 2-206.03 Retirement

Retirement from City employment occurs when an employee retires under the terms and conditions set forth in the City Pension Plans. return to top

Secs. 2-206.04 Death

All compensation and benefits due a deceased employee, if any, shall be paid to the employee's legal representative as determined by law. return to top

Secs. 2-206.05 Reduction in Force (Layoff)

Reductions in force shall be in accordance with Section 2-209. return to top

Secs. 2-206.06 Dismissal or Discharge

Employees are subject to dismissal from City employment pursuant to Sections 2-204 and 2-211. return to top

(a) In certain situations where in the sole discretion of the City Manager it is determined to be in the best interest of the city, an employee may receive pay-out of accrued but unused sick and vacation leave. Employees may be required to sign a settlement agreement and release in order to receive pay-out of sick leave or vacation hours.

Secs. 2-206.07 Return of Property and Financial Obligations

(a) At the time of separation from employment, the employee shall return all records, books, assets, uniforms, keys, tools and other items of City property to his department. Failure to return same in usable condition shall result in the maximum deduction allowed by law from the employee's final paycheck. Any balance due over and above the amount deducted from the employee's paycheck may be collected by the City through appropriate legal action.

(b) All outstanding voluntary debts to the City incurred by the employee, such as the cost of non-compensatory training, shortages or advance of leave and other standing debts due to the City will be deducted from the employee's final paycheck.

(c) All deductions under paragraphs (a) and (b) above shall be subject to the applicable state and federal law. return to top

Secs. 2-206.08 Exit Interviews

Where possible, each employee who resigns or is terminated from the City will be interviewed by the HR and must complete an Exit Interview Form. The completed Exit Interview Form and interview information is to remain in the Human Resources Department. return to top


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