New Committee for New Civil Service Act

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Four members have been appointed to sit on the committee that could give city manager Mike West more managerial power.

This in turn would amend the city's nearly 50-year-old Civil Service Act.

"When I look at the personnel board, it’s not a personnel procedure just for the employees, it’s for the city, to protect the city, the employees," Committee Member and District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome says.

Under the Civil Service Act, the Dothan Personnel Board and Citizen’s Supervisory Committee was formed.

Both boards which are made up of volunteers, hear complaints and discipline city employees.

Last legislative session, the city was going to try and push getting rid of the Civil Service Act, but those plans were postponed.

"We want to streamline the process of the personnel board. We want to examine their role and come up with what their role should be. We also have to address the issues where in the past the personnel board has spent some funds, if the city commission is going to have to pay for those funds, we're going to have to come up with a formula where we're included in the beginning," says Mayor Pat Thomas, who spear-headed getting the committee into place.

The members are made up of city commissioners and members from both the Citizen’s Supervisory Committee and the Dothan Personnel Board.

The states legislature has to approve the committee’s plans first.

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