Dothan City Commission Meeting

Dothan’s City Commission wants to repeal legislation the city adopted nearly 60-years ago, but to do it they first need public input.

Dothan’s city commissioners, mayor, and city manager were looking for some ideas as to how to change the current civil services act, a personnel policy adopted by the city in 1947.

What they found was a blend of concerns and flat out disapproval.

Here’s what West is trying to say: Right now the all-volunteer personnel board, and not the city manager, has the power to hire and fire the personnel director and even bring back employees who've been fired. They can also investigate employee grievances to a degree so controversial, that a court is now deciding. But what employees like about the system is that it is not run by politicians, nor by one person. These are supposed to be impartial men and women with no ax to grind.