A few changes to the city’s personnel policies were made Thursday during an informal meeting. Those changes will be proposed to the City Council at its next regular meeting.

A few changes to the city’s personnel policies were made Thursday during an informal meeting. Those changes will be proposed to the City Council at its next regular meeting.
Mayor Alan Dillavou, along with Recorder/Treasurer Sarah Roberts and a group of aldermen and city residents, attended the meeting and discussed changes to hours employees can work and what benefits part-time employees should be entitled to.
A paragraph in Section 2 was apparently deleted from the copy of the policy given to aldermen and the Siftings, according to Dillavou. That paragraph outlined employees’ standard work day and work week. Those hours were Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. However, the hours for police officers, sanitation employees, water department employees and elected officials were to be determined by the appropriate department head and/or the mayor.
The personnel policy committee voted to add the paragraph back into the policy, but deleted “elected officials” from the policy. When asked what he thought about the paragraph, interim alderman Willard Thomason said the paragraph should be included with the deletion of elected officials because “you can’t tell them what to do. You have to put that in their job description.”
The City Council is expected to discuss elected officials’ job descriptions and possibly make changes.
There was also discussion about what benefits part-time employees should receive.
Existing policy states that all part-time employees who have been employed by the city for one to four years are allowed seven paid vacation days. Another paragraph states that part-time workers employed by the city for more than five years are allowed 10 paid vacation days. In addition, all part-time employees are eligible for seven paid sick days per year.
“I don’t think we need to give part-time employees any benefits whatsoever,” Dillavou said.
Nothing in the policy defined how many hours a part-time employee works. Current part-time employees include all firefighters, the municipal judge, prosecutor, the court clerk and some police officers.
The committee proposed that part-time employees be defined as those who work 30 hours or less per week, and also deleted “part-time” from any section that outlined benefits received by the city’s employees.
Resident Dona Burton said a section that allows one- to four-year full-time employees 10 annual vacation days was “excessive.”
Wayne Morphis, the city’s water department supervisor, said that other cities he’s worked for gave those employees 10 vacation days. Dillavou disagreed with Burton. “I think we should leave it alone. I don’t think it’s excessive.”
Another topic of discussion was employee leave for family deaths. The current policy allows three paid days in case of the death in an employee’s family. The committee added “immediate” to define what family members should be considered reasonable family members.