A.     Promotional Opportunities

Recruitments for classifications covered by this program will be conducted on either a promotional basis (as designated in Exhibit L 1.) or an open and promotional basis (as designated in Exhibit L 2.). All recruitments for these classifications will be conducted in accordance with the Civil Service Rules, and any appeals will be processed under authority of the Civil Service Rules.

B.     Transfer Opportunities

The Transfer Program permits employees to transfer from one position to another without competitive examination, within the specific classification groupings listed in Exhibit L 3. Utilization of the Transfer Program is at the department’s discretion; if used, all transfer opportunities will be announced in the weekly Job Bulletin published by Human Resources for a minimum of two (2) weeks. An employee wishing to transfer must meet the minimum qualifications for the position desired, and must possess any certificates, licenses, education and experience required for that position. Interested employees will be interviewed by the appointing authority, who may request that candidates submit paperwork for the interview. Depending on the number of interested employees, the appointing authority may conduct a screening prior to the interviews.

The County and Union acknowledge that the Career Opportunities Program described in Section 30 and Exhibit F of the 2010 MOU between the parties has become outdated and non-operational. The County and Union desire to restore and update the Career Opportunities Program, with the purpose of providing current County employees with opportunities to promote, transfer, or change careers within the County in a way that is fair, competitive, easily understandable, efficient and appropriate to the County’s needs. The County recognizes that investing in and utilizing talents of its workers will enhance the performance of the organization.

Therefore, the County will establish a County-wide Career Development Program (CDP) Committee to evaluate the needs of today’s workplace and employees, and to restore and update the Career Opportunities Program.

The CDP Committee will be composed of County and labor representatives, not to exceed two (2) representatives from each participating labor organization and four (4) County representatives.

The CDP Committee will begin meeting no later than March 1, 2015, with the goal of drafting a program policy no later than September 1, 2015, and implementing the program no later than March 1, 2016.

In redesigning the program, the CDP Committee will address training and development activities to enable employees to improve knowledge, skills and abilities in order to achieve promotional eligibility.

In the event the CDP Committee is unsuccessful, the County and Union will meet to discuss appropriate next steps for the CDP.