The County and Union acknowledge that the Career Opportunities Program described in Section 29 and Exhibit B of the 2013 MOU between the parties has become outdated and non-operational.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.