The Civil Service System is the City's employment system, wherein no appointment may be made without first successfully completing a competitive examination. All positions covered by Civil Service are in the "Competitive Service," also known as the "Classified Service." Appointments to "classified" positions must be made with a competitive examination administered by the Civil Service Commission, which is designed to measure merit, efficiency, and fitness, before being appointed. "Classified" employees may be represented or unrepresented by a bargaining unit.
"Unclassified Service" is the opposite of "Classified Service." Such positions are excluded from the Civil Service System. Appointments to unclassified positions may be made without competitive examination. "Unclassified" employees may be represented or unrepresented.
Confidential Employee Designation
A "Confidential" designation does not mean that position deals with confidential matters; rather, this designation is strictly reserved for any position that is privy to decisions of City management that affect employer-employee relations. That is, employees who are in close contact with the collective bargaining process. Generally, only employees in the Offices of the City Manager, City Clerk, City Auditor, and Human Resources Department are designated as "Confidential" due to their intimate knowledge of the collective bargaining processes. "Confidential" employees are not represented by a bargaining unit ("Unrepresented").
An "At-Will" employee is one who is not covered by a bargaining unit ("Unrepresented") and excluded from the Civil Service System ("Unclassified"), or in an "At-Will" status by reason of an employment contract. "At-Will" employees can be terminated or disciplined for any or no reason, regardless of cause, and can be terminated without any warning and without compensation or severance. "At-Will" employment does not apply to "Classified" employees (Civil Service) because such employees may only be terminated or disciplined for cause; nor does it apply to represented employees due to the "for-cause" provision in the negotiated agreement. Although their rights are restricted, "At-Will" employees have some legal protection. They cannot be fired or subject to other adverse treatment in the workplace in violation of federal, state, or local laws.
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