Depending on the nature of the matter being appealed, the appeal may be heard by the entire Commission, or by a sub-committee comprised of two Commissioners. The Commission listens to presentations by both parties, asking clarifying questions as needed. Depending on the nature of the matter being appealed, an employee/applicant may represent himself/herself, or may use a Union representative or attorney to present his/her case. The Department’s position may be presented by a management representative or by County Counsel.
Once both parties have completed their presentations, the Commission members go into an “executive session” to consider the merits of the case and discuss their findings. The members vote and a majority vote becomes the decision of the Commission. The Commission’s decision is binding on both parties.