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Amend Civil Service Ordinance 305A
County of Sonoma
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 50,406 / 47.1% Yes votes ...... 56,616 / 52.9% No votes
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Shall the Sonoma County Civil Service Ordinance be amended to: change the appointing responsibility for the director of human resources from the Civil Service Commission to the Board of Supervisors; add the director of human resources to the list of unclassified employees; and allow the Board of Supervisors to amend the Ordinance without voter approval so long as amendments do not nullify the basic principles of the Civil Service System?
This measure would have no effect on revenues of the County. However, the measure would reduce future election expenditures for costs related to making amendments to the ordinance consistent with the basic principles of the civil service system. Future amendments to Ordinance 305A that were consistent with the basic principles of the civil service system could be made without requiring an election and voter approval.
The estimated cost of adding a future measure to an election to amend the ordinance would range from $63,250 to $126,500 according to the Registrar of Voters. Therefore, these amounts could be saved by allowing the Board of Supervisors to amend the Ordinance without voter approval so long as amendments are consistent with the basic principles of the Civil Service System. In accordance with the Election Code, the scope of this fiscal impact analysis has been limited to the measure's effect on revenues and expenditures. It does not address larger countywide fiscal issues such as the measure's effect on the overall County economy.
/s/ Rod Dole
As currently written, the ordinance provides that the director of personnel must be appointed by the Civil Service Commission, and specifically provides that the director of personnel shall be in the classified (protected) service. The amendment would change the appointing authority from the Civil Service Commission to the Board of Supervisors, and would change the position from classified to unclassified, consistent with the status of other county department heads. The amendment would also change all references to the "director of personnel" to the "director of human resources," since the personnel department has been renamed the de- partment of human resources.
Second, the proposed amendment would allow the Board of Supervisors to amend the ordinance without voter approval, so long as the amendment does not nullify the basic principles of the civil service system.
If a majority of the voters voting on this measure vote "yes," the measure will be adopted. Otherwise, the measure will fail and the ordinance will remain unchanged.
STEVEN WOODSIDE, County Counsel
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|Arguments For Measure D|
Sonoma County's Civil Service Ordinance was originally adopted by the voters in 1950 and it sorely needs to be modernized in order to create greater accountability and save taxpayer dollars.
First, Measure D will return accountability for the entire scope of human resources back to the people's representatives, the elected Board of Supervisors. Unlike other county departments, the head of the Human Resources Department is not directly accountable to the Board. Since we have over 4,000 employees delivering a wide variety of public services, it is critical that your elected representatives have this ability to effectively manage the organization. This change will also maintain a needed independent third party oversight of the civil service system.
Secondly, Measure D will save money. Under the current system, even the most routine administrative changes to the civil service ordinance require a costly election. In the 60 years since the original ordinance was adopted, the responsibili- ties of local government have changed. The County must keep up with the times and should be able to do that without wasting precious dollars. Outdated adminis- trative language should not require an election to be updated. Currently, ballot measures cost taxpayers at least $60,000, taking funds away from other needed services such as public health and safety services.
Sonoma County should follow the lead of many other Counties which have voter approved provisions allowing the Board to amend the ordinance as long as the principles of the civil service system are fully protected. In these difficult financial times, we need government which works efficiently and effectively. This change is an investment in accountable and more cost efficient government.
Please vote "aye" on Measure D to make these needed improvements now.
SONOMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
(No arguments against Measure D were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure D|
|AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF SONOMA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 305A AS SET FORTH IN CHAPTER 21 OF THE SONOMA COUNTY CODE, TO REMOVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL (NOW HUMAN RESOURCES) FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, AND ADD THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES TO THE UNCLASSIFIED SERVICE AND ALLOW THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL SO LONG AS AMENDMENTS DO NOT NULLIFY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM
The People of the County of Sonoma, State of California, do ordain as follows:
SECTION I. Ordinance No. 305A, as amended from time to time and set forth in Chapter 21 of the Sonoma County Code, shall be amended as follows.
Section 21-4 is amended to read:
Sec. 21-4. -Civil service commission--Chairman--Meetings--
Immediately upon appointment, the civil service commission shall elect one of its members as chairman, who shall call meetings of such commission as often as may be necessary, but at least once a month.
Section 21-5 is amended by adding the director of human resources to the unclassified service, as follows:
(aa) The director of human resources.
SECTION II. Ordinance 305A, as amended from time to time and set forth in Chapter 21 of the Sonoma County Code, shall be amended to add Section 21-15.
Section 21-15 shall read as follows:
Sec. 21-15. Amendments to Civil Service Ordinance
--The Board of Supervisors may further amend Ordinance No. 305A without voter approval so long as such amendments do not nullify the basic principles of the civil service system.
SECTION III. All ordinances and parts of ordinances and all resolutions inconsis- tent herewith are hereby repealed.
Adopted by a vote of the People at the primary election held on June 8, 2010.