Town of Westminster, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting 5-17-1986 as Art. 30. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Personnel Board which shall consist of five members to be appointed by the Town Moderator, with the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen to serve as ex officio member. The terms of the members shall be for three years, so arranged that the terms of as nearly 1/3 of the members as possible shall expire each year.
In making appointments, the Moderator shall give consideration to the personal qualifications of these citizens who will best meet the responsibility of the Board to represent both town employees and taxpayers. If possible, the appointees will include citizens who are familiar with the principles of labor relations and personnel administration. No person, other than the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, who is in the paid employ of the town shall serve on the Personnel Board; neither shall any person who is employed by or otherwise represents, directly or indirectly, any collective bargaining unit of public employees so served.
The Personnel Board shall be responsible for the development of personnel policies that will be consistent for all town agencies. These policies shall include, without limitation, job classification and salary/benefit programs.
The Board shall maintain a complete file of job descriptions and supervise the maintenance of personnel records.
The Board shall make recommendations to the Town Meeting and the Board of Selectmen on changes necessary to implement and maintain fair and consistent personnel policies at least annually.
The Board has the authority to interpret the Personnel Bylaw and to decide all questions relating to its application.
The Board shall act as a grievance committee to hear grievances not covered by formal collective bargaining agreements. Before being considered by the Board, each such grievance shall have been presented to and considered by the employee's superior.
The Board shall establish wage/salary rate ranges for each job classification. The range shall reflect reasonable compensation for the complexities of the job in relation to other job classifications maintained by the Board. The Board shall review these rate ranges at least annually and shall adjust ranges to reflect both economic and competitive factors. Recommended rate ranges shall be established before the date for budgets to be submitted for the next Annual Town Meeting.
The Board shall review all job classifications under its jurisdiction and shall also make an evaluation of the performance of all persons coming within the same at intervals of not more than one year. No new job classifications shall be established without a report from the Board. The Board shall establish new job classifications as conditions warrant.
The Town Coordinator[1] shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the personnel system in accordance with the policies of the Personnel Board.
Editor’s Note: The Annual Town Meeting voted 5-1-2010 by Art 30 to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a Town Administrator to replace the position of Town Coordinator.