Appointee Sought For Escambia County Merit System Protection Board

August 12, 2017

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is seeking Escambia County residents interested in volunteering to be considered for an appointment to the Escambia County Merit System Protection Board.

Escambia County residents interested in being considered for a possible appointment on the Merit System Protection Board are asked to submit a resume and letter indicating their desire to serve by the close of business on Friday, Aug. 25. Resumes should be submitted to Judy Witterstaeter, Program Coordinator, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. box 1591, Pensacola, FL 32502, or emailed to jhwitter@myescambia.com.

Please be aware that resumes submitted to a BCC agenda for consideration will become part of the official minutes and are subject to public records requests.

Merit System Protection Board

The MSPB was created to provide a fair and equitable mechanism for the expeditious review of appeals and grievances of the classified employees of the county before a non-partisan deliberative body. County Ordinance 2005-38 provides the means for a classified, permanent employee under the jurisdiction of the MSPB to appeal disciplinary actions, and that these employees may file an appeal or grievance for perceived violations of the ordinance or the rules. Presently, the classified employees under the jurisdiction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Sheriff’s Office and the Supervisor of Elections are covered under the MSPB. The term of office of the member appointed by the BCC is two years.

Qualifications of Board Members

No person shall be appointed to the Merit System Protection Board as a member who:

  1. Has not been a resident of Escambia County for two or more years preceding the appointment to the MSPB.
  2. Is holding an elective or appointive office in federal, state, county or municipal government provided that prior appointment as a member of the MSPB shall not disqualify a person from being reappointed.
  3. Held political office in, or was a salaried or hourly employee of Escambia County, during the 12 months preceding appointment to the MSPB.
  4. Is a member of the immediate family of a current employee or elected official of Escambia County.
  5. Is a current officer of any union representing employees of Escambia County.
  6. Is working for any vendor who has a current contractual agreement with any participating appointing authority.
  7. Has been convicted of, or has had adjudication withheld of, a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.

Qualifications must be maintained throughout the member’s tenure, or the member must resign his position on the MSPB.

Attendance

Any member of the MSPB shall be removed and replaced after being absent from more than three consecutive meetings during any calendar year. The MSPB shall determine whether any member’s absence is unexcused.

Compensation of Board Members

The MSPB members shall serve on a voluntary basis and not be financially compensated for their service.

Meeting Schedule

MSPB meetings are held once per month on the second Tuesday; the meeting is generally less than one hour. Hours will vary depending on whether an appeal is being heard from an employee. If hearings are scheduled, they would be held immediately after the meeting. There has been less than one appeal/hearing in the past years.

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