Mesa, wa - personnel manual
City of Mesa
Table of Contents
PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF POLICY . 1
LEGISLATIVE BODY, CITY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES . 1
DEFINITIONS . 1
POSITIONS AND DUTIES . 2
Building Permits, Applications, Inspection Reports . 8
CONDUCT . 9
Prohibitions on Discrimination and Harassment . 9
Use of City Telephone, Equipment or Supplies . 10
Definitions of Disciplinary Actions . 14
BENEFITS . 21
PAYROLL COMPENSATION . 28
PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS . 31
GENERAL . 31
PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF POLICY
This manual is a general informational guide to the City's current employment policies and shall not be construed as a contract. The City reserves the right to amend, delete, supplement, or rescind any of the provisions of this manual as the City deems necessary and appropriate without advance notice. These policies shall not be construed to create contractual rights or any type of promise or guarantee of specific treatment upon which any employee may rely. The City also reserves the right to deviate from these policies in individual situations, particularly in an emergency, in order to achieve its primary mission of providing orderly and cost efficient services to its citizens.
These personnel policies shall apply to all City employees. These policies shall not apply to elected officials, independent contractors
and volunteers, with the exception of the City’s prohibitions against discrimination and harassment, use of City equipment and statements regarding professional conduct and preserving confidential information. In all other cases, these policies shall govern. State and federal laws prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin. The City of Mesa supports equal employment opportunities for all. Afford equal opportunities for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin. Say the city is an equal employer in all job announcements. Take affirmative action steps when necessary to assure all persons are afforded an equal opportunity to apply for city employment.
SECTION 1. LEGISLATIVE BODY, CITY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
When a vacancy in the Legislative Body, City Boards or Committees occur, the position shall be
posted and advertised at the City’s designated locations.
In the case of a vacancy of a City Council member or Mayor’s position, a majority vote plus one
of the City Council shall be required for the appointment, within 90 days from the date the vacancy
All appointments to City Boards and Committees will be made by the Mayor with a majority City
Council confirmation. The primary function of these boards and committees will be to provide
information and assistance to the City Council for the future determination of the City's needs.
SECTION 1. EMPLOYMENT DEFINITIONS:
2.1.1. REGULARLY SCHEDULED FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES:
A regularly scheduled full-time employee who is scheduled to work a 35-40 hour week on a regular,
year-round basis, depending on the situation for that week.
2.1.2. REGULARLY SCHEDULED PART-TIME EMPLOYEES:
A regularly scheduled part-time employee who is scheduled to work less than 35 hours per week on a
2.1.3. PART-TIME RELIEF EMPLOYEES:
A part-time relief employee who is employed to work less than 35 hours per week on a as need basis.
2.1.4. PART-TIME, TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES:
An employee who is employed to work part-time on a temporary basis in order to provide manpower to
fulfill a seasonal need; to undertake a specific project; or provide additional staffing for a seasonal
operation or activity conducted by the City.
An employee hired to work for a limited amount of hours in the event of an emergency situation.
2.1.6. MAYOR-MAYOR PRO TEM:
The word Mayor in this Manual shall mean Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of the Mayor.
Exempt employees are defined as those employees who hold an administrative, professional or executive position which is defined as exempt from overtime pay requirements under the wage/hour laws of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
SECTION 2. HIRING/PROBATION:
When a position is vacant the Mayor shall have the position posted and advertised.
All new employees hired will start their employment with a six (6) month probationary period in
which the City will use to establish a working qualifications record. At the six (6) month evaluation, if
the employee's job qualifications are satisfactory, the employee will then be granted regular full-time or
part-time employee status.
POSITIONS AND DUTIES
SECTION 1. CITY CLERK TREASURER:
There is established by the City of Mesa the office of City Clerk Treasurer. The Clerk Treasurer is
appointed by the Mayor, to hold office during his/her pleasure, with majority of Council confirmation.
The City Clerk Treasurer shall report to and serve under the direction of the Mayor. The Clerk
Treasurer must be bondable.
3.1.1. CITY CLERK TREASURER OATH OF OFFICE:
Prior to entering upon the performance of the duties of office, the City Clerk Treasurer shall be required
to take an oath for the faithful performance of his or her official duties.
3.1.2. CITY CLERK TREASURER POWERS AND DUTIES:
The City Clerk Treasurer shall have all of the powers and perform each and all together with any
other duties or authority which may be conferred upon such office by the laws of the State of
Washington or the ordinances of the City, as now or hereinafter amended. Major duties include but are
not limited to the following:
Attends City Council meetings; responsible for recording minutes of the meetings and providing
copies of minutes of the meetings for distribution to each Council member and Mayor prior to the next
Processes ordinances, resolutions and agreements generated by council meetings, and prepares
same for signatures if approved by the Council. Responsible for posting and/or publishing ordinances
Supervises the business license activities and the processing of all business licenses issued by the
City, which requires coordination with all City departments. Informs business owners of the laws of the
City relating to business licenses.
Supervises the clerk's office in duties assigned to assure complete coverage of reception desk and
required secretarial duties during office hours.
Responsible for recording City legal publications, such as City Council public hearings notices and
special meeting notices, any required notices, etc.
Responsible for recording legal documents for all City departments with the Franklin County
auditor's office as required. Examples of documents for recording are quit claim deed, street vacation
ordinances, annexation ordinances, and local improvement ordinances.
Responsible for processing claims filed against the City. Coordinates with department heads for
investigative and incidence reports, prepares necessary documents, sets up files, forwards all pertinent
information to the insurance company.
Receives all sealed bid documents submitted to the City. After awarding of contract to successful
bidder by the Council, is responsible for returning bid bonds to unsuccessful bidders, and for setting up
After ordinances are adopted by the City Council establishing local improvement districts, is
responsible for ensuring copies of preliminary assessment notices are received by the owners of the
properties affected by researching various sources for proper and current addresses. Refers all
questions from property owners as to method of determining fees to be charged for the engineering
services. The same procedure is followed for final assessment notices until project has been
completed and turned over to the Treasurer's office. Maintains assessment rolls for reference.
Prepares certified documents for bonding Attorney.
Responsible for maintaining the City files, preparing folders and cross-reference system for all
documents including ordinances, and minutes, agreements, resolutions, deeds, vehicle titles and
bonds. Upon request by City departments, researches documents for required information and/or
furnishes copies of agreements of other documents. Responsible for the maintenance of all City Clerk
Accepts and processes written requests for public records.
Is responsible for notarizing documents for City departments and/or citizens having business with
In coordination with other City departments assists with annual census estimate or actual
population count. Compiles statistical records for submission to the state.
Supervises mail distribution for all City departments. Answers routine correspondence and
questions for the City Clerks office.
Provides secretarial support to the Mayor, including delegation and supervision of clerical duties
such as typing, filing, and scheduling of appointments.
As Clerk Treasurer the powers and duties shall be performed as specified by RCW Title 35A for
City Treasurers, together with any other duties or authority which may be conferred upon such office by
the laws of the State of Washington or the ordinances of the City, as now and hereinafter amended.
The major duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
Performs the duties of the City Treasurer including investments, cashiering, control over collection
of City revenues, debt administration, and LID collection.
Processes quarterly tax reports and is responsible for the timely payment of taxes.
Responsible for the utility billing function.
Responsible for the general accounting functions including claims processing, payroll, account
balancing and reconciliation, grant accounting and utility records.
Supervises and prepares mandatory financial reports and surveys to other agencies, Mayor, City
departments and City Council.
Coordinates the preparation to the City annual budget and provides on-going budgetary control
monthly for Council review, this will be presented to Council at the first regular meeting of the month.
Analyzes and projects cash flow for the City Council to insure a sufficient reserve is on hand to
meet forecasted needs.
Arranges for and invests surplus City cash from special funds, reserve accounts and surplus
Prepares yearly bond and coupon schedules for bond calls and cash flow projections.
Provides information to City Attorney on LID foreclosures in accordance with City ordinances and
Establishes schedules for billing, mailing delinquency notices and bond calls.
Reconciles computer reports to hand reports including general accounting, investment and special
Remits funds to the State for local sales or use tax, revenue tax and court collections.
3.1.3. NOTARY PUBLIC POLICY:
The City of Mesa adheres to the highest standards of competence and responsibility in the providing of
notary public services. Notaries Public in Mesa City Hall shall not perform nor be instructed to perform
any notarial act which the notary or notary’s supervisor knows to be false or violates the law or violates
correct notarial procedures.
Notaries Public in Mesa City Hall shall correctly maintain a notary journal of all notarial acts they perform, and they shall protect their notary seals by keeping them in a safe and secure manner.
Notaries Public in Mesa City Hall shall refuse to execute a notarial certificate on any document or instrument the truth or legality of which is uncertain.
Notaries Public in Mesa City Hall shall exercise diligence and utmost care in the performance of all notarial acts.
SECTION 2. ASSISTANT CLERK:
There is established the position of Assistant Clerk for the City of Mesa, the City Assistant Clerk is
appointed by the Mayor, to hold office during his/her pleasure, with a majority of City Council
confirmation. The Assistant Clerk shall report to and serve under the direction of the Clerk Treasurer
and/or the Mayor. The Assistant Clerk must be bondable. The Assistant Clerk is responsible for the
essential functions to keep the City in good running order during the Clerk Treasurer’s absence. Duties
listed in Chapter 3, Section 1 of this manual may be required from time to time.
SECTION 3. PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT:
There is established the position of Public Works Superintendent for the City of Mesa, the Public Works
Superintendent is appointed by the Mayor, and to hold office during his/her pleasure, with majority of
the Council confirmation. The Public Works Superintendent shall report to and serve under the
direction of the Mayor. All reports required of the maintenance personnel shall be submitted to the
clerk for filing. The Public Works Superintendent is responsible for the following items. These duties
include but are not limited to routine maintenance, repair, cleaning, and other duties as described below
and as assigned by the Mayor:
Pump(s) - Take readings daily, and submit to City Hall monthly.
Lines - Assist in placement and repair of lines. Report any leaks to the Mayor immediately.
Meters - Inspect and maintain in working condition. Take monthly readings or as assigned by the
Fire Hydrants - This includes removal of any obstacles, assisting with pressure checks, and testing
on a regular basis. All fire hydrants (pertaining to the area) must be opened after water has been shut
off in City main lines for any reason. Opening all fire hydrants annually.
Shutoffs - Is responsible for shutting off all non-paying customers.
Acquire within one (1) year of employment Water Distribution Operator in Training and acquire and
maintain a Water Distribution Manager 1 Operator's License as soon as possible in accordance with
WAC 246-292-060. The City may take responsibility for the expense of required training, certification
classes and testing. The City may reimburse upon satisfactory completion of one test.
Submit water samples and reports as required by the Department of Health.
Pump House(s) – Take reading daily, and submit to City Hall monthly.
Manholes - Inspect, and maintain. Flush out manholes yearly.
Lagoons - Report status, and control weeds.
Back-up Pumps - Start pumps once a month to make sure they are operating properly. Make sure
there is adequate propane in tanks to run back-up pumps.
Acquire within one (1) year of employment Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Training and
acquire and maintain a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's License Class I Plant as soon as
possible in accordance with WAC 173-230-061. The City may take responsibility for the expense of
required training, certification classes and testing. The City may reimburse upon satisfactory
completion of one test.
Submit wastewater samples and reports as required by the Department of Ecology.
Patch Holes - This includes streets and alleys where the hole is of a small enough size to be taken
care of reasonably. Submit a list of needed repairs annually.
Weed Control - This includes weeds on along City owned right of ways, all road signs, and in all
Signs - This includes replacement of broken or uprooted traffic signs, street signs, and installation
of new signs.
Acquire and maintain a Public Pesticide Operator's License within three months of employment.
The City may reimburse upon satisfactory completion of one test.
Mowing - This includes picking up garbage and rocks before mowing.
Raking - Keep dead grass and leaves picked up.
Trimming - This includes trees bushes and around playground equipment.
Equipment - Report any damaged or dangerous equipment immediately. Repair or remove as
Weeds - This includes all weeds around or under playground equipment by trimming or with use of
Restrooms - This includes opening during spring and summer months, cleaning and stocking daily
Cleaning - This includes sweeping, washing windows and cleaning restrooms in all City owned
buildings as necessary. Do a weekly check on all buildings.
Garbage - Pick up all garbage in and around all City buildings.
Repairs - This includes changing light bulbs, windows, doors, and general maintenance associated
with City buildings.
Control weeds, pick up garbage, mow, water, remove leaves and dead grass on all City property.
3.3.7. CITY VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT:
Routine Maintenance and Repair - This includes keeping all City vehicles and equipment in clean
operating condition. Submit maintenance reports and schedules quarterly. Order and pickup pre-
approved parts and accessories needed for repairs and daily jobs.
All maintenance personnel operating city owned vehicles shall have a valid Washington State
1. If an employee’s license is revoked, suspended or lost, or is in any other way not current, valid
and in the employee’s possession, the employee shall promptly notify the Mayor and will be immediately suspended from driving duties. The employee may not resume driving until proof of a valid, current license is provided to the Mayor.
2. Depending on the duration of license suspension, revocation or other inability to drive, an
employee may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination.
Mark all City owned equipment and tools with "City of Mesa".
Responsible for placement of garbage containers to all customers. Remove garbage containers when
not in use. Make sure City garbage container is accessible to garbage truck and all trash on City
property is in garbage container prior to pick-up.
SECTION 4. MAINTENANCE RELIEF:
There is established the position of Maintenance Relief for the City of Mesa, the Maintenance Relief is
appointed by the Mayor, and to hold office during his/her pleasure, with majority of the Council
confirmation. The Maintenance Relief shall report to and serve under the direction of the Public Works
Superintendent and/or the
Mayor. All reports required of the maintenance personnel shall be submitted
to the clerk for filing. The Maintenance Relief is responsible for the essential functions to keep the City
in good running order during the Public Works Superintendent’s absence. Duties listed in Chapter 3,
Section 3 in this manual may be required from time to time.
SECTION 5. ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER:
There is established the position of Animal Control Officer for the City of Mesa, the Animal Control
Officer is appointed by the Mayor, and to hold office during his/her pleasure, with majority of the Council
confirmation. The Animal Control Officer shall report to and serve under the direction of the Mayor.
The Animal Control Officer may be a current employee of the City holding another position or a
contracted position and shall be allowed such compensation for his/her services as the Council shall
negotiate. All reports required of the Animal Control Officer shall be submitted to the City Clerk for
filing. The Officer is responsible for animal control within the City. Duties include but are not limited to
3.5.1. ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER POWERS AND DUTIES:
Keep accurate records of licenses, vaccinations, owner and animal information, impoundment and
release forms and receipts, warnings, and violations.
Make yearly door to door sweep of the City to sell licenses, update records, and deliver pertinent
information to residents, if necessary and approved by the City Council.
Respond to complaints about stray dogs, or other animal related situations.
Issue Warning Tickets to owners of animals that are running at large or any other violation of animal
within the City limits.
Issue Violation tickets to owners of second offense animals running at large within the City limits or
any other animal control violations as set forth in the City’s ordinances.
Seizure and impoundment of stray animals. When a licensed dog is seized, the Animal Control
Officer shall notify the owner that the animal has been impounded or subject to impound, and may be
During the redemption of an impounded animal, the Clerk Treasurer will collect all fees and forms
associated with impoundment and the Animal Control Officer shall
release the animal into the owner’s
All dog bites and attacks
reported to City Hall will be submitted to the Health Department and
Sheriff's Department by the Animal Control Officer.
The Animal Control Officer is responsible for reporting any known cruelty or mistreatment of
animals to the Sheriff’s Department after the animal’s owner has been notified to correct the inhumane
conditions or treatment and there has been no response or improvements.
In the event of an emergency endangering the health or safety of any person, where seizure and
impoundment is deemed inadvisable or impractical, or for humane considerations, the Animal Control
Officer at his/her discretion may use due force to control the animal involved and/or contact the Sheriff's
SECTION 6. BUILDING INSPECTOR/ZONING OFFICER:
There is established the position of Building Inspector for the City of Mesa, the Building Inspector is
appointed by the Mayor with a majority of the Council confirmation, and to hold office during his/her
pleasure. The Building Inspector shall report to and serve under the direction of the Mayor. The
Building Inspector may be a contracted position and shall be allowed such compensation for his/her
services as the Council shall negotiate.
The Building Inspector will be responsible for the review all applications received at City Hall, and
issuing of building permits on construction in the City of Mesa. If necessary he/she will be State
certified. Before issuance of permits, will turn all blueprints, forms, and permits in to the City Clerk
Treasurer for collection. The Building Inspector will not accept money from the public. The City Clerk
Treasurer, who is bonded, will receive all monies, for building permits.
The Building Inspector must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's
Is responsible for enforcing the City's codes for building, plumbing, mechanical, energy, fire, and the
handicapped, and the building land use regulations. The employee occupying this position will be
responsible for performing office work including the examination of plans for compliance with specified
codes and noting discrepancies and obtaining corrections prior to final approval of plans. Field work
consists of inspecting work in progress or upon completion for strict compliance with applicable codes
and regulations. The inspector must utilize judgment in identifying deviations from plans, and work
effectively with contractors, property owners, and trades personnel to achieve compliance. Most
plans is resolved by the inspector; serious deviations are brought to attention of the
Mayor who will discuss the deviations with the inspector and select an effective course of action to be
recommended to City Council. The Building Inspector's duties will include but not be limited to the
Required to serve as ex-officio member of City Planning Commission; will attend Planning
Commission meetings at request of Chairman of Planning Commission.
Coordinates inspections and assures uniformity of code enforcement.
Responds to questions in person or by phone regarding building codes or municipal codes.
Conducts field inspection of structures during construction or modification to insure that construction
is performed according to revised plan; assures compliance with codes and regulations at the building
site; issues stop work and/or stop work notices when a code violation is observed and follows through
to see that corrections are made.
After application is made, or at the request of the Council, or a structure fire, inspects existing
buildings to advise property owner of
what must be done to the building to comply with present code.
Confers with the Planning Commission on disputed or exceptionally difficult cases to determine
compliance with the codes and ordinances and/or advisability of prosecuting violators of the law.
Reviews plans of proposed construction or remodeling for compliance with various codes and
ordinances. Identifies discrepancies or short-comings; explains discrepancies or short-comings to
contractors, architects, engineers, owners, or trade personnel and obtains compliance with codes and
regulations; approves plans after corrections are made.
Keeps detailed records and prepares reports of inspections, investigations and other work
performed; participates in preparing cases for legal action.
Will be required to review all building permit applications received at City Hall. After review of the
application, should the building inspector feel that a permit is not needed for construction, he/she will
put said reasons in writing and attach this document to the original application.
3.6.3. BUILDING PERMITS, APPLICATIONS, INSPECTION REPORTS:
In order to facilitate the processing of permits through the County Assessor's office, the following
information is required for each application:
Legal description and physical sites address of improvement.
Value amount of improvement, or value of mobile home.
Diagram of the site, including the size, to the nearest foot.
Size of the improvement to the nearest foot.
Size of the improvement, in relation to existing structures, to the nearest foot.
Position of the structures to the property lines.
The first three items in this list are required for the assessor's office. The remainder are
included to obtain a rough idea of the type of improvement the applicant has in mind. For extensive
remodeling or new construction a blueprint may be required.
Additionally for any mobile home placement permits, the following information will also need to be
included on each application:
If this is a used home, the former owner's name.
If relocating, the address or site location from where the home was moved.
The City Building Inspector will be required to provide inspection report forms for each building
permit issued and a report for each inspection performed. Inspection reports will be turned into the City
Clerk, reports will include, but not be limited to:
All reports of the Building Inspector and the Blue prints will be turned into the City Clerk, and be
maintained at City Hall, with all other City Records prior to the payment of the Building Inspector.
SECTION 7. CITY ATTORNEY:
There is established the office of Attorney for the City of Mesa, the Attorney to be appointed by the
Mayor, with a majority of the Council confirmation and to hold office during his/her pleasure. The
Attorney shall be allowed such compensation for his/her services as the Council shall negotiate at
SECTION 8. CITY ENGINEER:
There is established the office of Engineer for the City of Mesa, the Engineer to be appointed by the
Mayor, with a majority of the Council confirmation and to hold office during his/her pleasure. The
Engineer shall be allowed such compensation for his/her services as the Council shall negotiate at
SECTION 9. EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT:
There is established a position for emergency employment. This position is used in the event of an
emergency when there is no time to obtain Council confirmation of the hiring of said employee. The
Mayor will make an attempt to contact at least three of the Council members, prior to hiring an individual, for confirmation. This employee shall be retained until such time as the emergency situation has been resolved or the Council meets to determine whether to retain this employee position. This employee will be paid at the rate of not less than minimum wage. The total accumulated wage for this employee during the emergency shall not exceed $500.00 without Council approval. The Mayor will report to the Council the reasons for the use of an emergency employee at the next public meeting.
SECTION 1. PECUNIARY INTEREST:
No employee of the City shall have any financial interest in the profits of any contract, service or other
work performed by an agency for the City. Nor shall any employee accept any fee or preferred service,
benefits, or concessions from any persons, companies, or other agencies in return for special
consideration relating to any City activity or program.
SECTION 2. OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT:
Employment by the City shall carry with it the obligation to devote an employee's undivided job loyalty
and attention to public employment and to avoid both actual conflicts of interest and the appearance of
impropriety. No full-time employee shall engage in any outside employment without notifying the Mayor
as to the nature of such employment. The Mayor may restrict such outside employment if it is
considered to be detrimental to, or in conflict with, the interest of the City. Any person currently
engaging in outside employment as of the effective date of these rules shall inform the Mayor within five
(5) working days of the details of such employment for review.
SECTION 3. PROHIBITIONS ON DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT:
It is the policy of the City to provide a work environment for its employees which is free from all forms of
discrimination, harassment and intimidation. The City will not tolerate any form of
harassment. Prompt disciplinary action will be taken against an employee who
commits or participates in any form of discrimination or
Discrimination is defined as any conduct directed at another employee or the public based on
personal characteristics such as age (over 40), marital status, gender, ethnicity, race or national origin,
religious beliefs, sexual preference, gender identity, disability, or a veteran who has been honorably
discharged, and such conduct unreasonably interferes with that employee’s ability to perform his or her
job or negatively impacts the equality of services provided to the public.
Harassment is defined as unsolicited and unwelcome verbal or nonverbal conduct which disturbs,
threatens, pesters, torments, annoys, badgers, teases, baits, taunts, insults, distresses, or vexes
another person, where such conduct is degrading, or creates a hostile environment, or interferes with or
adversely affects a person's work performance.
Sexual Harassment is defined as unwanted, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, and other verbal or physical conduct which has the effect of creating an offensive, intimidating,
degrading or hostile work environment, or adversely interferes or affects an employee’s work
All employees are prohibited from engaging in any type of discriminatory conduct
any other employee or other person in the course of or in connection with their employment. The City
considers discrimination and
harassment to be a serious offense and any employee who discriminates
harasses another employee or member of the public shall be subject to discharge or other
If you feel that you or other employees have been subjected to discrimination or
harassment of any
kind, you are encouraged to immediately identify the offensive behavior to the responsible individual
and request that it stop.
If you are uncomfortable in addressing the matter directly with the responsible individual, or if you
do so and the behavior does not stop, then discuss the matter immediately with your supervisor, the
Mayor, or any member of the City Council whom you feel comfortable. You should report the matter
regardless of whether or not you have confronted the responsible individual.
You should also report any discrimination or
harassment by members of the public, customers,
suppliers, or other persons whom you encounter at work. Your concerns will be promptly investigated
by the City and you will not suffer retaliation for reporting your concerns.
Your concerns will be promptly investigated by the City and you will not suffer retaliation for
reporting your concerns.
The Mayor or, in the case of claimed discrimination or harassment by the Mayor or a Council member,
the City Council shall investigate the allegations
and will determine the appropriate disciplinary action to
take. An investigation of alleged discrimination or harassment shall be treated confidentially and every
effort will be expended to prevent personal embarrassment. In determining whether alleged conduct
constitutes discrimination or harassment, the totality of circumstances, the nature and severity of the
conduct, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred will be taken into account.
SECTION 4. Personal Appearance And Conduct:
All employees must maintain a clean and neat appearance appropriate to their work assignments.
It shall be the responsibility of all employees to represent the City to the public in a manner, which shall
be courteous, efficient and helpful.
The City will attempt at all times to operate its business in the most efficient, economical and orderly
manner consistent with good management practices. All employees shall conduct themselves in a
manner that will be consistent with established rules and will further the operation of City activities.
Additional written standard operational procedures and rules of conduct may be established by the
Mayor. Violation of departmental rules may also be cause for disciplinary action.
SECTION 5. USE OF CITY EQUIPMENT:
All employees will be responsible for the City owned equipment that pertains to
their job categories. The maintenance and repairs will be completed through work orders that will be
kept on file in the City Hall.
In the event of an accident, and in order to protect both employees and the City
from unwarranted liability, employees are urged not to discuss accidents with persons other than the
police and the Mayor until the City's insurer and the City Attorney have been notified and the employee
has reviewed the accident with the insurer and/or Attorney. Overboard, inaccurate or confusing
statements may result in personal loss or liability to the employee.
4.5.3. USE OF CITY TELEPHONE, EQUIPMENT OR SUPPLIES:
All city equipment, including facilities and electronic equipment, such as computers, digital
equipment, City supplied walkie-talkies or phones are provided to an employee exclusively for City
business. No expectation of privacy arises as to any City equipment or as to the use of any City
facilities. The City reserves the right to monitor equipment use, including electronic equipment and
computers, to ensure these policies are complied with. No permission or advanced notice to the
employee is required.
Employees shall not use City equipment or supplies for personal activities nor store City equipment
or supplies in personal vehicles or private residences, garages, etc. Employees shall not place long
distance calls on the City's phone bill for personal business. Nothing in this policy shall be read to prevent reasonable, limited use of City telephones for local personal calls and in emergency situations.
Employee's misuse of City telephones, equipment or supplies may be considered theft, and may
result in disciplinary action or discharge. Theft of City services, equipment or supplies shall result in
Employees shall not cause to be places on any city computer any personal pictures, music, or any
other personal materials or download games, or unapproved freeware or programs.
4.5.4. USE OF CITY VEHICLES:
No City vehicle shall be used for personal purposes. Violation of the prohibition against personal
use may result in disciplinary action or discharge.
Fuel card user shall record odometer reading when fueling City vehicles. Misuse of the fuel card for
personal use is an act of dishonesty and will be grounds for discharge.
City employees operating City owned vehicles shall follow the adopted Motor Vehicle Record
Driving Requirements Policy.
This policy applies to all City employees, elected officials, volunteers and contract service providers who have access to or use City provided computer equipment, send or receive e-mails through the City’s computers and who gain internet access through City computers, either through a local area network or through the City's Internet capabilities.
A. Internet Use Limited to City Business:
The City's Internet capabilities may be used for City
business purposes only. The term "internet" means the electronic information system of that name
which connects smaller groups of linked computer networks. The term "City's Internet capabilities"
means any and all access to the Internet obtained through City sponsorship, ownership, or financial
contribution, or by any employee or officer as a representative or agent of the City. The term "City
business purposes" means the official work of City government undertaken for public benefit, as
opposed to activities undertaken for personal, non-City or private purposes. Unacceptable sites or uses
include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Pornographic sites and access to pornographic materials.
• Use of the City Internet to harass employees, vendors, customers, and others.
• Use of the City Internet for partisan political purposes.
• Unauthorized transfer of copyrighted materials utilizing City Internet capabilities.
• Any site that charges a fee (unless there has been prior written approval of justified City
• Vendor sites to purchase personal items.
• Marketing of personal or private business.
• Use of City equipment to access personal web e-mail, chat sites or personal postings on the
• Accessing any dating web-sites or other web-based personal service providers.
If employees wish to use the internet for personal reasons, they must first obtain permission to do so by their supervisor. Such permission will not be granted for longstanding or consistent personal use, but will be limited to the date and time of the request. Authorized personal use is subject to adequate capacity in the system. If permission is granted for any brief personal use of the internet or e-mail access, keep in mind all such information and communications may be the subject of a public records request, and therefore, use of City equipment may impact the confidentiality of this information. Use of e-mail or the internet on an occasional and authorized basis must not cost the City any money or in any way interfere with City work. City departments may adopt and enforce more restrictive policies on computer, internet, and e-mail use or limit access to computers or internet access to those with job duties that routinely require such access.
B. Authorized Users:
No City employee or officer shall be authorized to use the City's Internet
capabilities until he or she has signed a document indicating that the employee or officer has read and
agrees to be bound by the terms of this policy.
C. No Privacy Rights:
Electronic communications are not private or confidential. All Internet
communications utilizing the City's Internet capabilities are the property of the City and may be public
records under the Public Records
Act (RCW 42.56). There are no rights to individual privacy in any
communications or information obtained through the City's Internet capabilities.
D. Professional and Courteous Communications:
The standards for conduct for City employees
apply to use of the City's Internet capabilities. All communications across the Internet shall be
professional and courteous.
E. Duty to abide by Procedures Established by the City Clerk Treasurer:
The City Clerk Treasurer
shall establish procedures for posting content on the Internet, accessing information (including
downloading information or software), virus detection and control, access controls and related security
mechanisms for use of the City's Internet capabilities.
Employees should keep personal log-ons and passwords confidential, and through the system administrator, will change passwords on a regular basis. Failure to adhere to this policy jeopardizes network security and puts users at risk of potential misuse of the system by other individuals, network user's may be held responsible for all actions taken using their personal network access permissions.
It is the responsibility of the elected official or department head to enforce these
policies, and to monitor and audit use of the City's Internet capabilities within each department.
4.5.7. ELECTRONIC MAIL (E-MAIL):
This policy applies to all City employees, volunteers and contract service providers as well as elected
who use e-mail either on the local area network or through the City's Internet capabilities. In
addition, this policy applies to all persons who use e-mail as a representative or agent of the City.
A. Repelling Unwanted E-Mail:
There may be occasions when e-mails are received which the
recipient did not solicit and which do not comply with this policy. No employee shall be subject to
discipline for receiving such e-mail provided the employee promptly replies by e-mail to discourage the
sender with the following or similar message to the sender:
"You have sent me e-mail at the City of Mesa government which is not in compliance with City policies. E-mail sent to City of Mesa government e-mail address must be for City business purposes only. I do not wish to receive e-mail of the nature you sent at work. Please do not send me any additional material of this kind at a City of Mesa e-mail address."
The same consideration and care must be used in e-mail communications regarding
official actions or statements on behalf of the City that would be used in other forms of written
correspondence. Any ongoing e-mail messages which express on opinion that has not been
authorized as the official City position on the subject must include a disclaimer that the opinion is not
that of the City but the employee's own personal opinion.
C. Types of E-Mail/Restrictions:
Employees are accountable for their use of electronic
communications just as they are for other conduct and communications in the workplace. Therefore,
use of the electronic mail system is as follows:
1. The e-mail system is not to be used to create, send or copy any offensive, discriminatory,
harassing or disruptive messages. Messages will be considered offensive if they contain
information or language that would violate the City's Discrimination/
Harassment Prevention policy.
The City will view the appropriateness of any communication on the basis of how it would have
been perceived and dealt with had it been conducted by telephone, in person or on paper.
2. The e-mail system is not to be used to send, receive, or download copyrighted materials, trade secrets, proprietary financial information, or similar materials without prior authorization.
3. Confidential and sensitive information such as performances reviews, disciplinary and/or corrective actions, attorney-client privileged information, personnel information, and health or medical information should not be communicated via e-mail.
4. Communications, which would be inappropriate under other City policies, are equally unacceptable if delivered via electronic communication. These communications may include, but are not limited to, harassing or discriminatory comments, breached of confidentially and insubordinate statements. Threats of any kind are absolutely prohibited and may result in immediate termination from employment, regardless of the sender’s intent.
5. The electronic mail system may not be used for sales or to solicit anything for commercial ventures, religious, or political causes, outside organizations or other non-job related solicitations.
D. Technical Support:
Employees may call the Clerk Treasurer's office for answers to questions
concerning implementation of e-mail or about how to properly configure and use e-mail capabilities.
The Clerk Treasurer shall have the authority to establish procedures for the implementation of this
policy. All users of the City's e-mail systems must abide by any procedures established by the Clerk
Treasurer pursuant to this policy.
4.5.8. DISCIPLINE/ENFORCEMENT OF POLICY:
This Discipline/Enforcement section applies to
Internet Use and Electronic Mail sections.
Violators of this policy shall be subject to discipline. It is the responsibility of the Mayor or
department head to enforce these policies, and to monitor and audit use of e-mail within each
department. Employees who are found in violation of this policy may be subject to the following:
Internet and e-mail access may be revoked.
2. Access times may be restricted. 3. Violations of the discrimination and harassment prevention policies or use of the internet or e-mail to make threats of any kind will warrant more severe discipline and may result in immediate termination.
Employees will be disciplined for violation of the Electronic Communications Policy. However,
employees will not be disciplined for "deminimis" personal use of the electronic mail system or the
Internet. The deminimis (too minor to warrant concern) standard would mean that some personal
communications while not sanctioned, are subject to a warning, rather than discipline. Generally this
would include such uses as adding a personal comment to an official e-mail, sending a short personal
note to a colleague or other personal interactions that are routinely a part of day to day business
interaction. Reasonable judgment
should be applied to individual circumstances. The City retains sole
discretion to determine what are deminimis and to discipline for all other use.
4.5.9. USE OF CREDIT CARDS:
The City of Mesa is establishing policy for the use and payment of credit cards. Credit cards can be
used for travel expenses as described in RCW Chapter 42.24 and for use as a billing agreement where
credit is set up, such as: Sears, Office Depot, and others as needed to run the City of Mesa effectively.
All credit cards need to be approved by the City Council to be acquired and used. The Mayor will decide who will be issued the Credit Cards. Any credit cards obtained will be issued in the name of the official, officer, or employee, as well as the City, and may be used by other persons in that department only. The Mayor will be responsible for who uses the card.
The official, officer, or employee that uses the City credit card shall sign a receipt for the same which statement shall also include acknowledgment that the official, officer, or employee understands the limitations out on the use of the credit cards and that any misuse thereof shall constitute a misuse of public funds. The credit card may be used solely for covering expenses incidental to authorized travel on official City business or authorized expenditures that are covered by billing agreements to use the companies’ credit card.
Any credit card obtained by the City is not for any personal use or the purchase of personal items by any official, officer, or employee; it may not be used for personal purchases to be paid back to the City at a later date.
Payment of Credit Cards:
The official, officer, or employee shall obtain a receipt for each purchase
made with the cards, and shall submit the same, together with a fully itemized expense voucher to the
City Clerk or Mayor within five working days after travel or purchase which ever comes later. The City
Clerk will sign that the charges have been reviewed for correctness and are allowable. The Clerk
Treasurer will submit the receipts and itemized expense voucher to the City Council for approval and payment at the first regular meeting of the month.
Non Allowed Charges and Procedures:
Any charges not properly identified by date, item bought,
place bought and total cost, or any charges disallowed by the Mayor or Clerk Treasurer shall be
immediately reimbursed by the official, officer, or employee in the form of cash. If, for any reason, a
disallowed charge is not repaid before the credit card billing is due and payable; the official, officer, or
employee shall be charged interest on the amount of the disallowed charge at the rate charged by the
credit card company. All credit cards shall be kept in a secure place at City Hall when not in use.
The City reserves unlimited authority to revoke use of any credit card issued to an official, officer, or employee, and upon notice of such revocation being delivered to the credit card company, the City shall not be liable for any costs or charges incurred on said card thereafter.
All authorized officials, officers, and employees shall sign an acknowledgement of credit card usage.
SECTION 6. SAFETY:
The City recognizes the need for the development of safe working practices for every employee and
desires to promote on-the-job safety by encouraging the proper design and use of buildings,
equipment, tools and other devices. Administration of the safety program is the responsibility of the
Mayor. The Mayor will approve and supply necessary safety equipment required for jobs. The Mayor
will insure that the employees under his/her supervision are well acquainted with existing safety rules
and shall make certain that the rules are uniformly enforced. Safety education of all employees shall be
promoted by the City.
Employees should be constantly on the alert as to unsafe working conditions with the aim of
immediate correction. Employees who observe unsafe conditions or procedures should report these
situations to the Mayor in writing.
Safety meetings shall be held as scheduled by the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee.
The City will comply with all relevant Labor and Industries workplace safety regulations.
SECTION 7. ON THE JOB ACCIDENTS:
Accidents which occur on the job, either during regular working hours, weekend services or while on
special assignments, shall be immediately reported by the employee to the Mayor. If an immediate
report of an accident cannot be made, it shall be reported as soon as it is possible to do so, in any case
within 24 hours.
SECTION 8. DISCIPLINARY ACTION OR DISCHARGE:
4.8.1. DEFINITIONS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
A. Verbal Admonishment:
A verbal admonishment is a counseling session between a Mayor and an
employee on the subject of the employee's conduct and performance, or his/her failure to observe a
rule, regulation, or administrative instructions.
A reprimand is a formal written disciplinary action for significant misconduct,
inadequate performance or repeated lesser infractions.
A suspension is a temporary enforced absence from duty in a non-pay status which
may be imposed as a penalty for significant misconduct or repeated lesser infractions.
An employee resigning from City service should give at least two (2) weeks notice in
writing to the department head stating the reason for leaving and the anticipated last day of work. The
time limit on resignations may be waived at the discretion of the Mayor. The Mayor shall forward a final
performance evaluation report to the City Clerk for filing in the employee's personnel file.
An employee may be discharged from employment with the City for causes set forth in
section 4.8.2., but the Mayor is not limited to said causes.
Upon the death of an employee, all compensation due shall be paid to the surviving spouse
or the estate of the employee.
4.8.2. CAUSES FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
An employee may be disciplined or discharged for any act, error or omission which tends to
discredit public service, which impairs the efficient operation of the City or for any of the following
Drinking intoxicating beverages or the abuse of non-prescription or prescription drugs on the job, or arriving on the job under the influence of or while in possession of intoxicating beverages or drugs.
Being absent from work without first notifying and securing permission from the Mayor.
Accepting fees, gratuities or other valuable items in the performance of the employee's official duties for the City.
Inability, refusal or failure to perform the assigned job and the duties thereof.
During or at the end of the probationary period without cause.
For unsatisfactory job performance, insubordination, or as a result of disciplinary action.
Due to lack of skills, certifications or other conditions which would make the employee unfit for service.
Harassment of other City employees.
11. Falsification of required reports, and or internal document, i.e., mileage log, travel
reimbursement forms, progress reports, or falsification of information included on an application,
12. Violation of provisions herein stated in this personnel manual.
The Mayor, when issuing a notice of discharge, shall provide a copy to the City Clerk for filing in the
employee's personnel file. In addition to the employee's copy the City Council will be given a copy of the notice of discharge at the next scheduled executive session.
It is the policy of the City of Mesa (1) to encourage reporting by its employees of improper
governmental action taken by the City of Mesa officers or employees and (2) to protect the City of Mesa
employees who have reported improper governmental actions in accordance with the City of Mesa’s
policies and procedure(s).
1. “Improper governmental action” means any action by a City of Mesa officer or employee:
a. That is undertaken in the performance of the officer’s or employee’s duties, whether or not
the action is within the scope of the employee’s employment; and
b. That is in violation of any federal, state, or local law or rule, is an abuse of authority, is of
substantial and specific danger to the public health or safety or is a gross waste of public funds.
“Improper governmental action” does not include personnel actions, including employee grievances, complaints, appointments, promotions, transfers, assignments, reassignments, reinstatements, restorations, reemployments, performance evaluations, reductions in pay, dismissals, suspensions, demotions, violations of collective bargaining , alleged violations of labor agreements or reprimands.
2. “Retaliatory action” means any adverse change in the terms and conditions of a City of Mesa
3. “Emergency” means a circumstance that if not immediately changed may cause damage to
B. Procedures for Reporting:
The City employees who become aware of improper governmental
action should raise the issue first with their supervisor. If requested by the supervisor, the employee
shall submit a written report to the supervisor, or to some person designated by the supervisor, stating
in detail the basis for the employee’s belief that an improper governmental action has occurred. Where
the employee reasonably believes the improper governmental action involves his or her supervisor, the
employee may raise the issue directly with the Mayor or such other person as may be designated by
the Mayor to receive reports of improper governmental action.
In the case of an emergency, where the employee believes that damage to persons or property may result if action is not taken immediately, the employees may report the improper governmental action directly to the appropriate government agency with responsibility for investigating the improper action.
The supervisor, the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee, as the case may be shall take prompt action to assist the City in properly investigating the report of improper governmental action. The City officers and employees involved in the investigation shall keep the identity of reporting employees confidential to the extent possible under the law, unless the employee authorizes the disclosure of his or her identity in writing. After an investigation has been completed, the employee reporting the improper governmental action shall be advised of a summary of the results of the investigation, except that personnel actions taken as a result of the investigation may be kept confidential.
The City employees may report information about improper governmental action directly to the appropriate government agency with responsibility for investigating the improper action if the City employee reasonably believes that an adequate investigation was not undertaken by the City to determine whether an improper governmental action occurred, or that insufficient action has been taken by the City to address the improper governmental action or that for other reasons the improper governmental action is likely to recur.
The City employees who fail to make a good-faith attempt to follow the City’s procedures in reporting improper governmental action shall not receive the protections provided by the City in these procedures.
C. Protection Against Retaliatory Actions:
The City officials and employees are prohibited from
taking retaliatory action against a City employee because he or she has in good faith reported an improper governmental action in accordance with these policies and procedures.
Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against for reporting an improper governmental action should advise their supervisor, the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee. City officials and supervisors shall take appropriate action to investigate and address complaints of retaliation.
If the employee’s supervisor, Mayor, or the Mayor’s designee, as the case may be, does not satisfactorily resolve a City employee’s complaint that he or she has been retaliated against in violation of this policy, the City of Mesa employee may obtain protection under this policy and pursuant to state law by providing a written notice to the City Council that:
a. Specifies the alleged retaliatory action; and
City employees shall provide a copy of their written charge to the Mayor no later than thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the alleged retaliatory action. The City shall respond within thirty (30) days to the charge of the retaliatory action.
After receiving either the response of the City of thirty (30) days after the delivery of the charge to the City, the City employee may request a hearing before a state administrative law judge to establish that a retaliatory action occurred and to obtain appropriate relief provided by law. An employee seeking a hearing should deliver the request for hearing the Mayor within the earlier of either fifteen (15) days of
delivery of the City’s response to the charge of retaliatory action, or forty-five (45) days of delivery of the charge of retaliation to the City for response.
Upon receipt of request for hearing, the City shall apply within five (5) working days to the State Office of Administrative Hearings for an adjudicative proceeding before an administrative law judge:
The City will consider any recommendation provided by the administrative law judge that the retaliator be suspended with or without pay, or dismissed.
The Mayor is responsible for implementing the City of Mesa’s policies and
procedures (1) for reporting improper governmental action and (2) for protecting employees against
retaliatory actions. This includes ensuring that this policy and these procedures (1) are permanently
posted where all employees will have reasonable access to them, (2) are made available to any
employee upon request and (3) are provided to all newly-hired employees. Officers, managers and
supervisors are responsible for ensuring the procedures are fully implemented within their areas of
responsibility. Violations of this policy and these procedures may result in appropriate disciplinary
action, up to and including dismissal.
E. List of Agencies:
Following is a list of agencies responsible for enforcing federal, sate and local
laws and investigating other issues involving improper governmental action. Employees having
questions about thee agencies or the procedures for reporting improper governmental action are
encouraged to contact the Mayor.
CITY OF MESA
Benton Franklin District Health Department
7102 W. Okanogan Place Kennewick, WA 99336 (800) 814-4323
STATE OF WASHINGTON
ATTN: State Employee Whistleblower Program
(800) 525-0127 State Liquor Control Board
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms
(206) 220-7800 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
Office of Inspector General Audits
1111 Third Avenue, Suite 780
Seattle, WA 98101-3212
Office of Women’s Bureau
1111 Third Avenue, Suite 885
Seattle, WA 98101-3212
(206) 553-1534 Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Securities & Exchange Commission
Dept. of Transportation
Dept. of Treasury
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Seattle. WA 98174
(800) 827-1000 National Transportation Safety Board
Veterans Health Administration
4.8.5. EMPLOYEE DRUG TESTING:
The City recognizes that they have an obligation to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
This policy is instituted to assure that the work place be free of employees whose job performance may
be impaired by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol.
The City recognizes that drug and alcohol abuse are treatable illnesses and to the extent possible the response to these illnesses should be treatment and rehabilitation. The City recognizes that consumption of alcohol or drugs to the point that employees are unable to perform their jobs safely and effectively is not tolerated.
The City recognizes that when employees have placed themselves in a situation where their ability to perform their jobs is impaired by drugs or alcohol that it is the responsibility of the supervisor to remove such employees from the work environment to prevent the endangerment of the employee, fellow employees and/or the public.
The City recognizes employee concerns personal privacy and therefore agrees that drug or alcohol testing shall be used only in cases where questions of impaired job performance are involved. Adverse action against an employee for off duty conduct shall not be taken unless such conduct directly impairs the employee's on-the-job performance.
B. Prohibited Substances:
"Drugs" shall be defined as those substances whose dissemination is
regulated by law, including but not limited to narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens,
cannabis and alcohol. This definition shall include over-the counter drugs and/or drugs that require a
prescription or other written approval from a licensed physician or dentist for their use. The drugs that
are included in these categories are as follows:
Other controlled substances as defined in RCW 69.50.101;
A prescription drug for which the employee does have or does not have a current, valid, personal prescription and which is not authorized or approved for use while operating a motor vehicle or other equipment;
Any over-the-counter drug which may impair job performance and safety.
C. Disciplinary Action—Limitations:
The presence of trace amounts of alcohol, cannaboids and/or
over-the-counter drugs as evidenced by a drug or alcohol test, shall not be grounds for disciplinary
action to the extent that job performance and/or the ability to perform safely is not lessened to any
appreciable degree; except where the presence of these substances is in violation of an agreed upon
treatment and/or return to work agreement.
D. Disciplinary Action--Procedure and Testing:
1. In the event there is reasonable cause to believe that an employee's job performance may be
impaired by drugs or alcohol, the employee's supervisor shall question the employee with regard to the
behavior. The supervisor shall directly observe the employee's behavior and document the behavior.
Indications of impaired behavior include but are not limited to the following: staggering or irregular gait,
the odor of alcohol on the breath, slurred speech, dilated or constricted pupils, inattentiveness,
listlessness, hyperactivity, performance problems, illogical speech and though processes, poor
judgment, or unusual or abnormal behavior.
2. When possible, a second managerial employee or council member shall also observe the employee to verify that there is reasonable cause to believe that drug or alcohol consumption may be involved. A determination shall be made as to whether or not the employee's behavior is impaired to the point of
being unable to perform his duties and placed on a suspension with pay status until a clear determination can be made as to the abuse or non-abuse of drugs or alcohol.
3. If it is concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that drug or alcohol consumption is involved, the supervisor shall have a drug or alcohol test administered. Failure of an employee to take the test(s) shall result in the employee's termination. The employer may also have the employee undergo a physical examination at employer expense at the time that the drug or alcohol test is administered. The test(s) must be conducted within a reasonable time period after the observation of the problem behavior.
a. If the test is negative, the employee shall be counseled by the physician and returned to work
if appropriate to the medical diagnosis. There shall be no loss of pay or benefits. Where appropriate a signed physician's release may be required by the employer before the employee is returned to work. Time lost due to an illness will be charged to sick leave. If the behavior that led to the initial investigation is not due to substance abuse but continues to hinder job performance, the employer may require the employee to undergo further medical evaluation.
b. If the test is positive the employee may be terminated depending upon the circumstances of
the situation. Circumstances that would warrant an immediate termination would include incidents where the employee's impairment resulted in loss of life, serious injury to self or others, the serious loss or damage of property or an incident of parallel magnitude.
4. In cases where immediate termination is not warranted, the employee will be placed in an unpaid rehabilitation leave status. The employee shall be evaluated and a recommended appropriate treatment shall then be arranged. Where appropriate the employee shall be referred to a treatment program. Once the inpatient part of the program has been completed, the employee may be re-employed but only with a written release from a physician. Where it is prescribed by a physician and/or a treatment program, drug testing may be included as a part of that treatment program. An employee who is returned to work as provided for under this procedure who fails to comply with any of the terms or an agreed upon treatment and/or return to work agreement may be terminated.
5. An employee who is the subject of an investigation related to substance abuse may have a representative or another employee present during the investigative procedures outlined above.
E. Testing Methods:
The employer shall utilize both urine and blood tests for verification. The
"enzyme-immunoassay" (EMIT) and "gas chromatography-mass spectrophotometry" (GC-MS) test
method shall be used in a laboratory agreed upon by the employer. The employer shall pay for the
costs of all tests and medical examinations carried out under this procedure. The employer shall
maintain confidentiality of test results to the extent possible.
F. Terms of Treatment:
The employee and the employer shall work cooperatively to facilitate the
resolution of problems that arise under the administration of this policy. When appropriate, the
employee and the employer shall enter into joint agreements that establish the form of treatment and
the conditions that will be imposed for the return of an employee to the work place.
SECTION 1. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:
All regularly scheduled
full-time employees will receive a medical benefit package or equal cash value in lieu of this benefit subject to re-negotiation on a year to year basis by the Mayor, City Council and employee. Full-time employees at the employee’s expense may add dependents to their medical package in accordance with the insurance carrier’s policies. The additional premium for dependents shall be deducted from the employee’s wages.
All regularly scheduled full-time employees are granted leave with pay for death and/or funeral attendance in the immediate family of not more than one (1) day for less than 150 miles, and up to
three (3) days for 150 miles or more of travel, with a maximum amount of bereavement leave of six (6) days per calendar year. In the case of the death of a mother, father, child, or spouse up to three (3) days bereavement leave may be taken for less than 150 miles. Bereavement maximums are not be granted automatic and may be judged on a case-by-case basis by the Mayor.
Immediate family is classified as Grand Parents, Father, Mother, Spouse, Sister, Brother, Son, Daughter, Grand Children, Step-children and immediate In-laws.
Regularly scheduled full-time employees are eligible for their first vacation with pay after one year
from date of hire.
1. After one (1) year of service but less than three (3) years: 5 days (forty hours) vacation;
2. After three (3) years of service but less than ten (10) years: 10 days (eighty hours) vacation;
3. After ten (10) years of service: 15 days (one hundred-twenty hours) vacation;
4. After twenty (20) years of service: 20 days (one hundred sixty hours)
5. After twenty five (25) years of service: 25 days (two hundred hours) vacation.
Each employee is responsible for scheduling their vacations without undue disruption of City
operations and approval by the Mayor. Vacation requests of two (2) days or less should be submitted
at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time being requested off. Vacation requests of three (3) days
or longer normally shall be submitted at least thirty (30) days in advance of the requested time off.
In the event of an unexpected personnel shortage or work overload, the Mayor may cancel vacation, without the payment of overtime and reschedule the vacation at a mutually agreeable time. Employees that have made travel plans shall be accommodated if the cancellation of vacation will result in an economic loss.
Regularly scheduled full-time employees may accrue hours semimonthly from date of hire at a rate
equal to their leave allotment. Annual leave may be accumulated up to a maximum of thirty (30) days
Upon discharge, employees will be paid for unused vacation. Vacation earned during the current
year will be paid to employees if they have completed one or more years of service and leave the City
in good standing. Employees will receive pro-rata vacation only if they provide at least a two-week
notice of their discharge.
During the first month of employment, vacation hours will be earned as follows:
Start date before the 15th of the month - full month accrual. Start date after the 15th of the month - one-half (1/2) month accrual. During the last month of employment, vacation hours will be earned as follows: Last date of employment before the 15th of the month - one-half (1/2) month accrual. Last date of employment after the 15th of the month - full month accrual.
5.1.4. SICK LEAVE:
All regularly scheduled
full-time employees shall be entitled to sick leave with pay for absences
resulting from illness, injuries, accidents, or physical incapacitation occurring either on or off the job.
Regularly scheduled full-time employees are credited with eight (8) hours per month, accrued
semimonthly. Sick leave may be accumulated from year to year, up to 400 hours, but has no cash
value. No compensation for unused sick leave will be paid upon termination of employment. The
abuse of sick leave privileges may be considered just cause for disciplinary action against an
employee. Only regularly scheduled
full-time employees are eligible for sick leave under the conditions
1. Incapacitation or the prevention of the performance of regularly assigned duties as the result of
illness or injury, or other duties as assigned by supervisor.
2. Exposure to a contagious disease where on-the-job presence of the employee would jeopardize the
3. Medical treatment or examination for employee or dependent children, provided that the employee
must make a reasonable effort to schedule such appointments at times which have the least interference with the work day and that the employee will return to work after the appointment if time allows.
4. Sickness in the immediate family where the employee is required for the family member's care.
5. Employees are also guaranteed the ability to use sick leave in accordance with the provisions of
Chapter 296-130 of the Washington Administrative Code relating to family care. Employees may use any or all of their accrued sick, vacation or other paid time off to care for: (a) A child of the employee who has a health condition that requires treatment or supervision; or (b) a spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent of the employee who has a serious health condition or an emergency condition. The City may require a doctor’s certificate to verify the family member’s condition and the need for treatment, supervision or care. Employees may not use sick or other paid leave in advance of accrual.
An employee’s benefits are suspended during the period of unpaid leave until the employee returns to work. Vacation, sick leave, and/or other benefits do not accrue while an employee is on leave without pay. In most situations, self-payment of benefits may apply.
6. Use of a prescription drug, which impairs job performance or safety.
The Mayor shall be notified at the earliest practical time during the employee's regular working
hours of any sick leave situation other than medical appointments. Sick leave requests for medical
appointments shall be submitted in advance.
In the event an employee has used all of the sick leave currently credited to the employee's account
and must be absent from work for a reason which would otherwise entitle the employee to use sick
leave, the employee shall apply to the Mayor for permission to take time off under one of the following
Charge the extra days to his/her annual leave, if any.
Vacation and sick leave must be exhausted prior to taking any leave without pay.
Reasonable amounts of leave will be granted to victims of domestic violence, stalking or sexual
assault. Family members of the victim of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault may also be
eligible for leave. The City may request verification of the need for leave. Reasons for leave can
include the need for treatment from a medical provider, meetings with law enforcement, a counselor or
crisis shelter provider or attendance at a pending legal proceeding. Information about the
circumstances surrounding the need for leave will be kept as confidential as possible, however this
information will also be helpful in assessing any workplace safety concerns the employer may need to
be aware of, including the existence of any restraining orders. Reasonable amounts of leave shall be
determined by the City under the circumstances presented, but shall include leave which does not
unduly disrupt City services or become a burden to the City in attempting to provide services.
A doctor's certificate will be required when an employee is absent for a period in excess of three (3)
The first month of employment, sick hours will be earned as follows:
Start date before the 15th of the month - full month accrual. Start date after the 15th of the month - one-half (1/2) month accrual. During the last month of employment, sick hours will be earned as follows: Last date of employment before the 15th of the month - one-half (1/2) month accrual. Last date of employment after the 15th of the month - full month accrual.
5.1.5. FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE POLICY:
A. Purpose of Policy:
The City of Mesa does not have a sufficient number of employees to be
covered under the Federal or State Family Medical Leave laws (FMLA and FLA), however, Mesa
strives to provide comparable leave for employees for the same purpose as these statutes.
grants job-protected, unpaid family and medical leave to eligible employees for up to twelve (12) weeks per year or as provided by the FMLA and FLA for any of the following reasons:
1. The birth of and care for a newborn child, or the placement of a child with an employee in the
case of adoption or foster care. Leave for these reasons will expire at the end of the 12 month period beginning on the date of such birth or placement.
2. In order to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) if that family member
3. An employee's own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the
essential function(s) of their position.
Twelve-Month Period: Eligibility for leave is based on the prior 12 month period from the time a request
for leave is made. This is referred to as a rolling twelve-month period, which is measured backward
from the date family and medical leave is first taken.
Accrual of Additional Leave: An employee’s vacation and sick leave accruals are suspended during the period of unpaid leave until the employee returns to work. Vacation, sick leave, and/or other benefits do not accrue while an employee is on leave without pay. In most situations, self-payment of benefits may apply.
Spouse: Either member of a legally-married pair may take a portion of the 12 weeks leave, if
both spouses work for the City. The couple is then
entitled to a combined total of 12 weeks of leave if the leave is taken for the birth of a child, the placement of a child for adoption or foster care, or to care for a sick parent. If each spouse uses a portion of the 12 weeks of leave for the purposes specified above, each would be entitled to the difference between the amount they had taken and 12 weeks of FMLA leave for a different purpose. Example, if each spouse took 6 weeks of leave as a result of the birth of a child, each could use an additional 6 weeks due to his or her own serious health condition.
Child: A person younger than eighteen (18) years of age, or a person older than eighteen (18) years of age and incapable of self-care due to a mental or physical disability. An employee's "child" is one for whom the employee has actual day-to-day responsibility. A "child" includes a biological, adopted, foster, or step-child.
Serious Health Condition: An illness, injury, impairment, or a physical or mental condition involving inpatient care or continuing treatment by a health provider. Continuing treatment involves:
1. A period of incapacity of more than three (3) consecutive calendar days (not working days) and
subsequent treatment including either two visits to a health care provider or one visit followed by continuing treatment under the health care provider's supervision;
2. A period of incapacity due to pregnancy or for prenatal care;
3. Treatment for chronic serious health conditions such as asthma and diabetes which (1) requires
periodic visits for treatment by a health care provider, or by a nurse or physician's assistant under direct supervision of a health care provider; (2) continues over an extended period of time (including recurring episodes of a single underlying condition); and (3) may cause episodic rather than a continuing period of incapacity; and
4. Treatments for serious conditions such as cancer that may not be incapacitating but without
treatments would result in a period of incapacity of more than three (3) consecutive days.
Health Care Provider: Any health care provider that is recognized by the City or accepted by the City's group health plan. This may include physicians, dentists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, and chiropractors, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical social workers.
C. Eligibility for Leave:
To be eligible for family and medical leave, an employee must have been
employed by the City for at least twelve (12) months. Employees must have worked 1,250 hours during
the 12 months prior to the commencement of leave. Vacation, personal leave, sick leave or unpaid
leave is not included in the 1,250 hour calculation.
D. Intermittent or Reduced Leave:
An employee may take FMLA leave on an intermittent (a few
days or few hours at a time) or on a reduced leave schedule as a result of the birth of a child and for the
placement of a child for adoption or foster care if the City and the employee agree to such a schedule.
Leave for a serious health condition may also be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule when medically necessary. A "medically necessary" leave is one that involves a medical need for the leave and that can best treat the need through an intermittent or reduced leave schedule. The City may request certification from the health care provider of the employee or family member of the medical necessity of the intermittent leave schedule and the expected duration. Employees are required to schedule intermittent leave that is foreseeable so as not to unduly disrupt the City's operations and so the City can assign employees temporarily to alternative positions with equivalent pay and benefits that better accommodate such recurring periods of intermittent leave.
For regular part-time employees and employees who work variable hours, the FMLA entitlement will be calculated on a prorated basis. A weekly average of the employee's hours worked over the twelve-week period before the beginning of the family and medical leave will be used for calculating the employee's normal workweek.
E. Substitution of Paid Leave:
The City has elected to offer this leave benefit to run concurrently with
any accrued paid benefits available to the employee. An employee must use all eligible sick leave,
personal leave and vacation leave at the same time as family medical leave benefits under this policy.
Once accrued leave is exhausted, the employee will remain on unpaid leave if needed, to complete the
employees FMLA eligibility.
When an employee on FMLA leave has exhausted their accumulated vacation leave or sick leave, the remainder of the FMLA leave will be unpaid leave so that the total of paid and unpaid leave equals twelve (12) weeks.
An employee who incurs a work-related illness or injury may be eligible to receive worker's compensation benefits. Any time off due to the work-related illness or injury will count toward the employee's FMLA benefit.
F. Designating Leave as FMLA Leave:
The City has the authority to designate before leave starts,
whether any paid leave to be taken counts towards an employee's FMLA leave entitlement, and will
notify the employee immediately upon learning that it qualifies as FMLA leave. The initial notification to
the employee may be oral, but will be confirmed in writing by the next regular payday. The City's
designation is based upon information obtained from the employee or the employee's spokesperson
(e.g., spouse, parent, physician, etc. if the employee is incapacitated). The employee must provide
enough information to enable the City to make a determination. If adequate information to designate
leave as FMLA eligible is not available
the City may make a tentative designation until further inquiry is
made to obtain the additional information, to include requesting copies of relevant medical records, or
potentially requesting a medical certification form or, when needed, a medical examination at the City’s
The City may designate leave as FMLA leave after an employee has returned to work in two cases:
1. If an employee was absent for an FMLA reason and the City did not learn reason for the absence
until their return to work, the City and/or the employee may (within two business days of the employee's return to work) designate the leave retroactively as FMLA leave and will give appropriate notice of this designation; or
2. If the City knows of the reason for the leave, but has been unable to confirm that the leave qualifies
under the FMLA, the employer should make a preliminary designation and so notify the employee. Upon receipt of the information or medical certification which confirms that the leave either is or is not for an FMLA reason, the preliminary designation must either be withdrawn or be made final.
G. Employee Notice Requirements:
An employee must provide the City with at least thirty (30) days
advance notice before FMLA leave is to begin if the leave is foreseeable based on an expected birth,
placement for adoption or foster care, or planned medical treatment for a serious health condition.
Failure to provide the notice will give the City the right to delay the taking of leave until at least thirty
(30) days after the date the employee provides notice to the City of the need for FMLA leave. If thirty
(30) days' notice cannot be provided, notice must be given as soon as practicable. Verbal notification should be provided within one or two business days of when the need for leave becomes known to the employee. When planning medical treatment, the employee will consult with the City and make a reasonable effort to schedule the leave so as not to "unduly disrupt the City's operations, subject to the approval of the health care provider."
Medical Certification: If the employee's leave is to care for the employee's seriously ill spouse, child, or parent or due to the employee's own serious health condition, the request must be supported by a certification issued by the health care provider of the employee or the employee's ill family member. When the leave is foreseeable and at least 30 days notice has been provided, the medical certification should be provided before the leave begins. The City will allow at least 15 calendar days for the employee to comply with the request for medical certification. Medical certification forms will be made available by the City.
Second Opinion: The City may require a second medical opinion (at the City's expense). Pending receipt of the second opinion, the employee is provisionally granted leave. The City may also request periodic reports on the employee's status and intent to return to work, or a fitness-for-duty report from the employee's attending physician advising when the employee can return to work.
If the opinions of the employee's and the City's designated health care providers differ, the City may require a third opinion (at the City's expense). The third health care provider will be designated or approved jointly by both the employee and the City. The third opinion is final and binding. The City will reimburse an employee or family member for any reasonable travel expenses incurred to obtain the second and third opinions.
Confidentiality: All documentation related to the employee's or family member's medical condition is held in strict confidence and maintained in the employee's confidential medical file at City Hall.
H. Health Plan Premiums:
Any portion of group health plan premiums which the employee has paid
before starting an FMLA leave must continue to be paid by the employee during the leave. Any
changes to premium rates and levels of coverage or other conditions of the plan that apply to other
active employees also applies to eligible employees on FMLA leave. The City will give advance written
notice to employees of the terms for payment of premiums during FMLA leave. If FMLA leave is
unpaid, the City requires that payment of health benefit premiums will be made by the employee to the
City. Payment is required at the same time as if it would be made by payroll deduction.
The City's obligation to maintain group health benefits ends after a premium payment is more than 30 days late. The City will provide 15 days notice that coverage will cease if the employee's premium is more than 30 days late. If coverage should lapse while the employee is on FMLA leave, they will be restored to equivalent coverage upon return to work and will not be required to meet any qualification requirements imposed by the health care plan such as preexisting waiting periods or passing a medical exam to obtain coverage.
Failure to Return to Work: The City may recover its share of health plan premiums during a period of unpaid FMLA leave from an employee if the employee fails to return to work at the end of leave. The only exception is where the employee does not return due to the continuation, recurrence, or onset of a serious health condition of the employee or the employee's family member or "other circumstances beyond the employee's control."
I. Rights Upon Return to Work:
When an employee returns from an FMLA leave, they will be
restored to the same or an equivalent position with equivalent benefits, pay, or other terms and
conditions of employment. The Act does not require the City to place a returning employee in the same
position. If a position in which an employee is placed is equivalent, the employee has no right to be
restored to the original job.
The employee's restoration rights are the same as they would have been if the employee had not been on FMLA leave. For example, if the employee's position would have been eliminated, or if the employee would have been terminated, the employee does not have the right to be reinstated upon return from FMLA leave.
Seniority: An employee is not entitled to seniority or benefit accruals during periods of unpaid family and medical leave. However, an employee does not lose seniority or benefits accrued prior to family and medical leave.
Early Return: Since an employee may only be required to take FMLA leave for reasons that qualify and may not be required to take more leave than necessary, the employee may be promptly restored if the employee requests reinstatement earlier than originally scheduled, but should where foreseeable, give the City reasonable advance notice, generally at least two working days.
Request for Extension: An employee should give reasonable notice to the City of the need for an extension if less than the 12 weeks of FMLA leave has been used.
Failure to Return to Work: An employee who does not (or is unable to) return to work after exhausting the 12 weeks is no longer protected by FMLA. If the employee is able to return at some time after the 12 weeks FMLA leave has expired, the employee may be reinstated to the employee's same or similar position, if available, in accordance with the applicable laws. If the employee's same or similar position is not available, or holding the position open for the employee may create an undue hardship for the City, the employee may be terminated.
Disability is defined as any illness or condition that prevents the employee from performing the duties of his/her position because of physical or mental impairment as determined in writing by a physician.
Disability leave will be granted when an employee is medically disabled and therefore unable to
perform his/her normal duties. Disability leave will extend for the duration of the disability, up to a
maximum of three (3) months. If leave extends more than five (5) working days, the employee must
show written medical statement of disability. Maternity leave will be offered to employees for up to
three (3) months.
For employees who have worked five (5) years or more, two (8) hour days of paid disability leave
will be granted per year to be held in account for a debilitating illness/maternity leave. Disability leave
shall not be used until fifty percent (50%) of available sick leave is used. Disability leave shall be
granted on the employee’s anniversary date.
5.1.7. LEAVE OF ABSENCE:
Leave of absence may be granted for special purposes or under unusual circumstances by the
majority of Council approval.
The City will not pay non-wage related benefits (i.e. health insurance, optical insurance etc.) while
an employee is on leave without pay. The employee may continue to pay for non-wage related benefits
if he/she wishes up to a period of 3 months if permitted by the benefit plan.
All other benefits are suspended including accrual of leave, until the employee returns to work.
All regularly scheduled full-time City employees shall receive credit for eight (8) hours holiday:
Martin Luther Kings Birthday, 3rd Monday in January
Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November
Day After Thanksgiving, Day after the 4th Thursday in November
Whenever any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, then the previous Friday shall be taken off;
further, whenever any of these holidays fall on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be taken off.
Full time employees will be paid for the holiday plus one and one-half times their regular rate of pay
for any time worked on a holiday. Such time must be pre-authorized by the Mayor.
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