Permanent employees who transfer to another position in the same classification within the same department shall not be required to undergo a new probationary period in the position into which transferred.

Employees who transfer within the same class to another department may be required by the department head to start a new probationary period. If a new probationary period is a condition for transfer, the employee must sign a statement indicating an understanding of this fact prior to the effective date of the transfer.

If a new probationary period is in force, the employee shall have a window period of twenty-eight (28) days from the date of transfer to elect to return to his/her former position. Should an employee be rejected at a point beyond the window period, he/she shall have the right to return to their former department if a vacancy in their former classification exists. If no vacancy exists, such employees shall be placed in the longest standing vacancy, as determined by the requisition form date, County-wide. Should the longest standing vacancy entail “unusual” work hours, the employee shall have the one-time option of returning to the second longest standing vacancy should one exist. (“Unusual” shall mean work hours or work week dissimilar to those of the position from which or to which the employee was promoted.) If no vacancy exists, such employees shall displace the least senior employee as determined by Section 14. If no less senior position exists, then the employee shall be removed from County service.