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Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 41 State Government - Section 41-1830.12 Law enforcement merit system council; duties; authority; rules; business manager; definition

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41-1830.12. Law enforcement merit system council; duties; authority; rules; business manager; definition

A. The law enforcement merit system council shall:

1. Select a chairman and vice-chairman.

2. Hold meetings that are necessary to perform its duties on the call of the chairman.

3. Adopt rules pursuant to recognized merit principles of public employment it deems necessary for establishing the following for department of public safety and Arizona peace officer standards and training board personnel:

(a) A classification and compensation plan for all covered positions and for establishing standards and qualifications for all classified positions from a list of necessary employees that is prepared by the director of the employing agency.

(b) A plan for fair and impartial selection, appointment, probation, promotion, retention and separation or removal from service by resignation, retirement, reduction in force or dismissal of all classified employees.

(c) A performance appraisal system for evaluating the work performance of employees of the agencies.

(d) Procedures for the conduct of hearings of employee grievances that are brought before the council relating to classification, compensation and the employee appraisal system.

(e) Procedures for the conduct of hearings on appeals from an order of the director of the employing agency in connection with suspension, demotion, reduction in pay, loss of accrued leave time or dismissal of a classified employee.

(f) For hours of employment, annual and sick leave and special leaves of absence, with or without pay or with reduced pay.

4. Pursuant to recognized merit principles, hear and review appeals from any order of the director of the employing agency in connection with suspension, demotion, reduction in pay, loss of accrued leave time or dismissal of a classified employee. The council's determination is subject to review by the director and appeal as provided in section 41-1830.13.

B. The council may meet with the state personnel board to discuss matters of mutual concern.

C. The rules under subsection A, paragraph 3, subdivision (f) of this section shall provide for the transfer of accumulated annual leave from one employee to another employee in the same agency and for the transfer of accumulated annual leave from one employee to another employee of another agency, department, board or commission if the employees are members of the same family. The transfers may occur if the employee to whom the leave is transferred has a seriously incapacitating and extended illness or injury or a member of the employee's immediate family has a seriously incapacitating and extended illness or injury and the employee has exhausted all available leave balances. Transferred annual leave shall be increased or reduced proportionally by the difference in the salaries of the employees as determined by council rule. For the purposes of this subsection, "family" means spouse, natural child, adopted child, foster child, stepchild, natural parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law or father-in-law.

D. In hearing and reviewing an appeal from any order of the director of the employing agency, the council:

1. Shall determine whether the employing agency has proven by a preponderance of the evidence the material facts on which the discipline was based. On such a finding, the council shall affirm the decision of the director of the employing agency, unless the disciplinary decision was arbitrary and capricious.

2. May recommend modification of a disciplinary action if the director of the employing agency has not proven by a preponderance of the evidence the material facts on which the discipline was based or if a disciplinary decision is found to be arbitrary and capricious.

3. Shall reverse the decision of the director of the employing agency if the council finds that cause did not exist for any discipline to be imposed and, in the case of dismissal or demotion, return the employee to the same position the employee held before the dismissal or demotion with or without back pay.

E. On a finding that the director of the employing agency has not proven by a preponderance of the evidence the material facts on which the discipline was based, the council shall identify the material facts that the council found were not supported by a preponderance of the evidence and may recommend a proposed disciplinary action in light of the facts proven. On a finding that the disciplinary decision was arbitrary and capricious, the council shall include the council's reasons for the council's finding and may recommend a proposed disciplinary action in light of the facts proven.

F. Within forty-five days after the conclusion of the hearing, the council shall enter its decision or recommendation and at the same time shall send a copy of the decision or recommendation by certified mail to the employing agency and to the employee at the employee's address as given at the hearing or to a representative designated by the employee to receive a copy of the decision or recommendation.

G. The council shall select and the director of the department of public safety shall appoint a business manager who is a certified peace officer and an employee of the department of public safety but who is not a member of the council. The business manager shall perform and discharge all of the powers and duties that are vested in the council, except that adoption of rules, creation and adjustment of classifications and grades, compensation and hearing appeals for dismissal, demotion, reduction in pay, suspensions or other punitive action remain the duty of the council. Any power or duty that the council may lawfully delegate to the business manager is conclusively presumed to have been delegated to the business manager unless it is shown that the council by an affirmative vote recorded in its minutes has specifically reserved the power or duty to itself. At the request of the council, the business manager may make inquiries regarding or investigate infractions of council rules within the department of public safety. The business manager shall report the result of the inquiry or investigation to the council for appropriate action. The business manager may delegate the business manager's powers and duties to the business manager's subordinates unless by council rule or express provision of law the business manager is specifically required to act personally.

H. For the purposes of this section and section 41-1830.13, "director of the employing agency" means the director of the department of public safety with respect to employees of the department and the executive director of the Arizona peace officer standards and training board with respect to employees of the board.

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