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Rule 1: Authority and Purpose
 
1.1: Authority
1.2: Purpose
1.3: City Manager Authority
1.4: Conflict With Charter/Collective Bargaining Agreements
1.5: Severability
1.6: Amendment of Rules
1.7: Acceptance of Rules
1.8: Reports to the Human Resources Director
1.9: Temporary Changes to Personnel Rules and Regulations

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1.1: Authority
Under the authority of Article XI, Section 1118 of the Charter of the City of Santa Cruz, the City Council adopts these rules and regulations which shall have the force and effect of law and shall apply to all employees who are members of the classified service. Clarification regarding the implementation of these rules and regulations shall be the responsibility of the City Manager.

1.2: Purpose
The purpose of these rules and regulations is to facilitate efficient and economic service to the public and to provide for a fair and equitable system of personnel administration and management within the City organization.

It is the policy of the City that:

a. All current and prospective employees shall receive equal opportunity in employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, handicaps, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, organizational affiliation, disabled veteran status, or status as a veteran of the Vietnam era (except when sex, age, handicap, or medical condition is a bona fide occupational qualification). This nondiscrimination policy applies to decisions affecting recruitment, selection, placement, assignment, training, transfer, promotion, evaluation, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits and all other aspects of employment.
b. Tenure of employees covered by these rules and regulations shall be subject to satisfactory work performance and behavior, the necessity for the performance of work, and the availability of funds.
c. Relations with employees will be maintained in an open and straightforward manner.

1.3: City Manager Authority
In accordance with the provisions of Sections 801, 802, and 806, Article VIII of the Charter of the City of Santa Cruz, the authority to appoint all officers and employees except those specifically excluded, to remove same and have general control and supervision over same is vested in the City Manager. The City Manager may delegate to department heads or other designee, authority of appoint, terminate or administer personnel action subject to these rules and regulations, the Municipal Code, and the City Charter.

The Personnel System established by Article XI of the Charter shall be administered by the City Manager. The City Manager may delegate this authority to the Director of Personnel.

1.4: Conflict With Charter/Collective Bargaining Agreements
None of the Personnel Rules and Regulations, administrative directives established by the City Manager department rules, regulations or directives shall be in conflict with nor supersede any provisions of the Charter of the City of Santa Cruz and in the event of conflict the Charter shall control. Wherever these rules conflict with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement, the provisions of the agreement shall prevail.

1.5: Severability
Should any provision contained in these rules be rendered or declared invalid by reason of any state or federal legislation, court action, or emergency situation, such invalidation so declared shall not invalidate the remaining portion hereof and they shall remain in full force and effect.

1.6: Amendment to Rules
Amendments to these rules are initiated by the City Manager, or Director of Personnel. Prior to consideration, any amendment shall be communicated to each recognized employee organization not less than five (5) working days prior to such time of consideration of any such proposed amendment, any interested party may appear and be heard. All amendments to the rules are subject to the approval of the City Council.

1.7: Acceptance of Rules
In accepting employment with the City of Santa Cruz, each employee agrees to be governed by and to comply with the Personnel Rules and Regulations, Administration Rules and Regulations established by the City Manager and departmental rules, regulations and directives.

1.8: Reports to the Human Resources Director
Each department shall report to the Human Resources Director in writing as follows:

1. All appointments, promotions, transfers, or demotions in the City service;
2. Suspensions, reduction in pay, or other disciplinary actions;
3. All separations from the City service;
4. All accidents involving injury to any employee;
5. All personnel actions.

1.9: Temporary Changes to Personnel Rules and Regulations
The City Manager may temporarily change, suspend or otherwise modify these rules and regulations in time of peril/disaster or emergency. Such temporary changes shall not exceed a specified period of time and if indicated that permanent change is necessary, the amendment shall follow the Municipal Code.


June 2002
Last updated: 6/4/2014 1:35:46 PM