City of Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 2706-95, 12-13-1995 passed in election of 4-2-1996]
The Department of Personnel shall consist of a Personnel Director and a Civil Service Board consisting of as many members as may be determined by the Council by Ordinance from time to time.
[Ord. No. 1157-76, 1-27-1976 passed in election of 4-6-1976; Ord. No. 4456-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016]
The City Manager shall serve as and be the Personnel Director.
The Civil Service Board shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council for a term of three (3) years. All members of the Board shall be registered voters of the City and hold no other elective or appointive office or position in the City government, except on short-term, interim study committees.
[Ord. No. 4456-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016]
The Personnel Director shall have the power and be required to:
1. 
Hold open competitive examinations to ascertain the relative fitness of all applicants for appointment in the classified civil service.
2. 
Prepare and maintain a job classification system covering all administrative positions in both the classified and unclassified services.
3. 
Prepare and submit to the Council and, upon its approval, maintain a pay plan for all administrative positions in the City service except as otherwise provided in this Charter.
4. 
Adopt personnel rules and regulations governing the service of employees of the City and administrative matters including, but not limited to, hours, terms and conditions of employment, administration of employee benefits, grievance processing and resolution, disciplinary procedures, recognition for exemplary service; separation from service, and other customary matters of personnel administration.
5. 
Appoint, pursuant to any rules for merit selection which may be established by the City, persons eligible to fill vacancies in the classified services.
6. 
Appoint and remove all employees in the unclassified-service of the City except as otherwise provided in this Charter.
[Ord. No. 4456-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016]
The Civil Service Board shall have those powers assigned to it by ordinance, which may include, but need not be limited to:
1. 
Advise the Council and Personnel Director on problems referred to the Board by the Council or City Manager concerning personnel administration.
2. 
Make any investigation which it deems desirable concerning adherence to a merit-based personnel system in the City service and report its findings and recommendations to the Council.
3. 
Recommend to the Director of Personnel for his approval civil service rules and regulations pertaining to a merit-based process for appointment and promotion of employees in the classified service.
4. 
Hear appeals from disciplinary actions against employees in the classified service and make recommendations thereon as provided by Ordinance.
The administrative positions of the City shall be divided into the classified and unclassified services, as follows:
1. 
The unclassified service shall include the City Manager, his assistant, all directors of departments, members of appointive Commissions and Boards, Municipal Judge, City Attorney and his assistants, City Clerk, and other personnel employed on special occasions or in an advisory capacity.
2. 
The classified service shall include all other positions not specifically included in the unclassified service. All positions in the classified service, except for temporary emergency appointments, shall be filled only in accordance with the civil service rules.
[Ord. No. 2706-95, 12-13-1995 passed in election of 4-2-1996; Ord. No. 4456-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016[1]]
The Council may provide by Ordinance that any employee in the classified service, who shall be suspended, discharged or reduced in rank or compensation for disciplinary reasons shall, within ten (10) days thereafter, be presented with written reasons for such suspension, discharge or reduction in rank or compensation. Such employee, except those in their probationary status, shall, within ten (10) days after receipt of such written notice, have the privilege to request in writing a hearing before the Civil Service Board. Such hearing shall be set within a reasonable time. The Board, after such hearing, shall consider whether the action in question was consistent with a merit-based employment system rather than the product of political influence or personal enmity and whether such action was reasonably related to the best interests of the City and submit its recommendations to the Council, who shall make final disposition of the case. The recommendations of the Civil Service Board shall not be binding on the Council which may approve or disapprove the Civil Service Board's findings, providing, however, that the affirmative vote of six (6) members of the Council shall be required to adopt any recommendation contrary to the recommendation submitted by the Civil Service Board.
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Editor’s Note: Ord. No. 4456-16 also repealed Article VII, Section 7, Present Employees, which immediately followed, and Section 8 was redesignated as Section 7.
No person in the classified service of the City or seeking admission thereto shall be appointed, promoted, reduced, removed, or in any way favored or discriminated against because of his race or his political or religious opinions or affiliations. No person shall willfully or corruptly make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification or appointment held or made under the personnel provisions of this Charter or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of such personnel provisions or of the rules and regulations made thereunder. No appointive salaried officer or employee of the City shall continue in such position after becoming a candidate for nomination or election to any public office of the City of Hazelwood. No person seeking appointment to or promotion in the classified service of the City shall either directly or indirectly give, render or pay any money, service or other valuable thing to any person for or on account of or in connection with his test, appointment, proposed appointment, promotion or proposed promotion. No appointive salaried officer or employee of the City shall make any contribution to the campaign funds, or take part in the political campaign of any candidate for the office of Councilman in the City of Hazelwood, further than in the exercise of his rights as a citizen to express his opinion and to cast his vote.[1]
Any person who shall willfully or through culpable negligence violate or conspire to violate any provision of this Article, or of any Ordinance made pursuant thereto for which no punishment is provided therein, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof in any court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500). The conviction of any employee of any such offense shall operate automatically to terminate his service and to vacate his position; any employee so removed from the service shall not be reinstated, reemployed, or reappointed, or in any manner reenter the service of the City.
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Note: Sec. 67.145, RSMo. Supp 2013, provides that no political subdivision of this State shall prohibit any first responder from engaging in any political activity while off duty and not in uniform, being a candidate for elected or appointed office or holding such office unless such political activity or candidacy is otherwise prohibited by State or Federal law. And Article VI, Sec. 22 of the Missouri Constitution provides, in relevant part, as follows: "No law shall be enacted creating or fixing the powers, duties or compensation of any municipal office or employment, for any city framing or adopting its own charter under this or any previous constitution. . . ."