Any sworn peace officer in the Sheriff’s Department who believes they have been subjected to a transfer for the purpose of punishment may appeal said transfer through the chain of command to the Sheriff (or, in cases where the Sheriff has been personally involved, to the Human Resources Director or designee). In cases where the transfer involves a loss of compensation, they shall have the option of appealing either to the Sheriff or to an ad hoc panel as described hereafter. All such appeals shall be filed, in writing, within five calendar days after the date of transfer. The following procedure shall apply:
Step 1. Human Resources Department
The employee or any official of the Association shall notify Employee Relations in writing of the alleged punitive transfer. Employee Relations shall have thirty-five (35) calendar days after the meeting in which to investigate and resolve the dispute informally. No appeal may be processed under Step 2 below which has not first been filed and investigated in accordance with Step 1.
Step 2. Advisory Panel
If the parties are unable to satisfactorily resolve the dispute, the employee may have the appeal submitted to a three (3) member panel comprised of two (2) members of the Civil Service Commission and one (1) individual who is not a Commission member. This panel will be charged with the responsibility of making findings of fact and recommendations in connection with the employee’s appeal for presentation to the Sheriff and the Human Resources Director. Such recommendations shall be advisory in nature. If the employee elects to have their appeal heard before such a panel, the employee shall choose one (1) Civil Service Commissioner and the Sheriff shall choose a second Commissioner. These two (2) members shall select a third member of the panel, who shall be the panel’s chairperson and cannot be a member of the Civil Service Commission. If the two (2) commissioners selected by the employee and the Sheriff cannot agree on a third member, the Human Resources Director shall choose the third member.
Upon conclusion of its hearing the panel shall present its finding of fact and recommendations to the Human Resources Director and Sheriff. If the Sheriff and Director reject the panel recommendation they must so inform the employee, with reasons in writing. Any decision reached by the Sheriff and the Human Resources Director shall be final.