(a) The Grievance Resolution Board shall appoint an Executive Director and grievance examiners after consultation with the Secretary of Public Safety. The Executive Director shall manage the staff and perform such other functions as are assigned to him by the Grievance Resolution Board. The Executive Director and the grievance examiners shall serve at the pleasure of the Grievance Resolution Board. However, if a grievance examiner is removed from his position for other than just cause, he shall have priority for any position that becomes available for which he is qualified according to rules regulating and defining priority as promulgated by the State Human Resources Commission. The grievance examiners shall be subject to Article 2 of Chapter 126 of the North Carolina General Statutes for purposes of salary and leave. Support staff, equipment, and facilities for the Board shall be provided by the Division of Adult Correction of the Department of Public Safety.
(b) The inmate grievance examiners shall investigate inmate grievances pursuant to the procedures established by the Administrative Remedy Procedure. Examiners shall attempt to resolve grievances through mediation with all parties. Otherwise, the inmate grievance examiners shall either (i) order such relief as is appropriate; or (ii) deny the grievance. The decision of the grievance examiner shall be binding, unless the Secretary of Public Safety (i) finds that such relief is not appropriate, (ii) gives a written explanation for this finding, and (iii) makes an alternative order of relief or denies the grievance. (1987, c. 746, s. 2; 2011-145, s. 19.1(h), (i); 2013-382, s. 9.1(c).)
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