Temporary appointment

When a vacancy exists in a classified civil service position, the mayor may fill it through a temporary appointment, provided the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. Temporary appointees will be salaried at the entrance rate of pay of the vacant position’s pay grade salary range, except that any existing city employees temporarily appointed will be paid at the point in the higher grade salary range that will provide a minimum increase of seven (7) percent over the salary they received immediately prior to the temporary appointment if the appointment is one (1) grade higher than that occupied by the employees; an additional increase of three (3) percent for the next grade higher than that occupied by the employees; and, two (2) percent for each additional pay grade thereafter not to exceed the maximum of the assigned range; provided however, the appointing authority may recommend and the urban county council may approve a rate of pay above the recommended rate of pay in recognition of market demands or in recognition of the experience or exceptional qualifications of the employees. Employees of the city who are temporarily appointed to another position will be credited with time of service in their own position for time spent in temporary appointments.

The mayor may make a temporary appointment, not to exceed ninety (90) days, from the list of those eligible for permanent appointment, if the person selected accepts such temporary appointment. Successive temporary appointments to the same position will not be made.

If there is not an existing list of those eligible for permanent appointment, the mayor will nominate a competent person from the same class or the next lower rank to the commission; and, if certified by the commission as qualified, such person may be appointed temporarily to fill the vacancy until an appointment can be made after competitive examination. Temporary appointments will continue only until a regular appointment can be made from the eligible list prepared by the commission; in no case will appointments continue longer than ninety (90) days; and, in no case will successive appointments be made of the same person or other persons to such vacancy, except as provided herein.

If there is no one on the eligible list or by promotion from the same class or the next lower rank available, competent, and qualified, the mayor may make the temporary appointment without examination. Temporary appointments hereunder will continue only until the regular appointment can be made from the eligible list prepared by the commission. In no case will appointments hereunder continue longer than ninety (90) days; and, in no case will successive appointments be made of the same person or other persons to such vacancies except as provided herein.

The ninety (90) day limit for temporary appointments may be extended if the appointment was made because of the illness or disability of a civil service employee, but in no case will it be longer than nine (9) months.

An employee receiving a temporary appointment will sign an agreement acknowledging the appointment and pay are temporary and will end when the position is filled or the employee is removed from the temporary appointment.

Reference:
Code of Ordinances, Sec. 21-15. – Temporary appointments.
Code of Ordinances, Sec. 22-14. – Temporary appointments to the classified civil service.

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