Metro-East News

August 6, 2014

Fairview Heights personnel policy update gets tabled

City Council members elected to table a move to begin implementing a new personnel policy.

The policy that enlists city employment rules and provisions has not been updated in 32 years. City administrator Jim Snider said the personnel policy is not compliant with federal laws as there are several new provisions that need to be added, including military leave, bereavement leave and new federal conceal and carry laws.

Tuesday night, Council members anticipating a vote on the first phase of a new policy. But Ward I Alderman Dennis Baricevic said the document did not appear ready for a vote because lines from the text had been crossed out.

"I think we need a clean document," Baricevic said.

Ward III Alderwoman Pat Baeske said an attorney who has been working with the city personnel committee supported the document.

"I would really like to have a vote on this," Baeske said. "I would ask it not be tabled."

The motion to table the resolution passed by a 7-2 vote, with Baeske and Ward V Alderwoman Bonnie Crossley voting against it. Ward I Alderman Josh Frawley voted to abstain.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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