Santa Cruz County

Agenda Item

Consider approval in concept of ordinance amending Santa Cruz County Code section 3.12.040 regarding exemption from the civil service system and schedule final adoption for November 14, 2017; adopt resolution amending civil service rules for probationary periods, and take related actions, as recommended by the Personnel Director


Department:Personnel: Employee Relations and Salary AdministrationSponsors:Personnel Director Michael McDougall
Category:PERS ERSA - Board LetterFunctions:General Government

Board Letter

At the request of the Personnel Director, the County’s Civil Service Commission voted 4-0 on October 19, 2017 to recommend that your Board exclude the position of Director of General Services from the Civil Service System. 


In addition to the Civil Service action, County Code Section 3.04.030 requires your Board’s approval by a four-fifths vote to execute a change to the Civil Service Ordinance. This proposed change is included in the attached staff report recommended by the Civil Service Commission.


On October 19, 2017, the Civil Service Commission also approved a one-year probationary period for the new classification of Tax Manager. With your Board’s concurrence, this job title will be added to the list of job classifications that serve a one-year probationary period.




1.              Adopt the attached Ordinance in concept amending County Code Section 3.12.040 to exempt the class of Director of General Services from Civil Service and return on November 14, 2017, for final adoption.  This action requires a four-fifths vote by your Board.

2.              Adopt the attached amendment to Resolution No. 247-76 to amend the Personnel Regulations by adding the Tax Manager classification to the list of job titles required to serve a twelve month probationary period; and


3.              Authorize the Personnel Director, the Auditor-Controller- Treasurer-Tax Collector, and County Administrative Officer to take all necessary administrative steps to effectuate the changes as described in this letter.