Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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[Adopted 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91-0181 as Ch. 13, Art. II, of the 1991 Code)]
A Personnel Board shall be established in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.20, of the Charter.
The Personnel Board shall be composed of three members who shall be appointed by the Town Council. Not more than two of the members of the Board shall be members of the same political party.
A. 
No member of the Personnel Board shall be an elected or appointed official or employee of the Town, or of any department, office or agency of the Town. No member shall have been, within two years of his appointment, a member of any national, state or Town committee of a political party, or an officer in any partisan political club or organization.
B. 
No person shall be eligible to serve for more than two consecutive terms on the Personnel Board.
C. 
Each member of the Personnel Board shall be a person of good repute in his respective business, profession or trade, who is known to be in sympathy with the merit principle as applied to public employment.
The first three members of the Personnel Board appointed by the Council shall be appointed as follows: one member shall be appointed for a term expiring June 1, 1974, one member shall be appointed for a term expiring on June 1, 1975, and one member shall be appointed for a term expiring on June 1, 1976. Thereafter, each appointment shall be for a term of three years.
The Council shall, within 45 days, fill any vacancy which may occur in the membership of the Personnel Board, for the unexpired term.
The members of the Personnel Board shall serve without compensation.
The Personnel Board shall elect its Chairman from its members, and the term of office shall be for one year. The Board shall also elect a Secretary in the same manner as the Chairman.
Regular meetings of the Personnel Board shall be held at least once each month on such dates as shall be fixed by the Board. Special meetings shall be held as often as the Board shall determine necessary. A quorum for the transaction of business at all regular and special meetings shall be two members.
The Personnel Board shall adopt rules for the transaction of its business and shall keep a record of all of its resolutions, transactions, findings, determinations and recommendations, and all of the records shall become public records.
It shall be the duty of the Personnel Board, within one year of its appointment, to recommend rules and regulations for:
A. 
The classification of all Town positions, based on the duties, authority and responsibility of each position, with adequate provision for reclassification of any position whenever warranted by change of circumstances.
B. 
A pay plan for all Town positions.
C. 
Methods for determining the merit and fitness of candidates for appointment or promotion.
D. 
The policies and procedures regulating reduction in force and removal of employees.
E. 
The hours of work, attendance regulations and provisions for sick and vacation leave.
F. 
The policies and procedures governing persons holding provisional appointments.
G. 
The policies and procedures governing relationships with employee organizations.
H. 
Policies regarding in-service training programs.
I. 
Grievance procedures, including the procedure for the hearing of grievances by the Personnel Board, which may render advisory opinions based on its findings to the Town Manager, with a copy to the aggrieved employee.
J. 
Other practices and procedures necessary to the administration of the Town personnel system.
The Personnel Board shall submit its recommendations to the Town Manager, through the Director of Records and Personnel. The Manager shall forthwith submit the recommendations of the Personnel Board, together with his comments and recommendations, to the Town Council.
The Personnel Board shall have only those powers specifically conferred by this article and any amendment thereto.