(a) Police and Fire. The Civil Service Act shall apply to all present full-time firefighters or full-time police officers of the city, including any paid full-time police or fire chief of such department, and future appointees to such full-time positions. Full-time police officers shall mean police officers in positions which require certification by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, who have the power of arrest, who are paid regularly by the city, and for whom law enforcement is a full-time career, but shall not include clerical, custodial or maintenance personnel. Full-time firefighters shall mean duly appointed firefighters who are paid regularly by the city and for whom firefighting is a full-time career, but shall not include clerical, custodial or maintenance personnel who are not engaged in fire suppression.
(b) Public Safety Director
(1) In addition to the positions that are required to be covered by the Civil Service Act, there is also created a public safety director position which shall be subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Act as the same may be modified by the mayor and council or by the Civil Service Commission for applicability to the public safety director position. Full-time public safety director shall mean a duly appointed public safety director who is paid regularly by the city and for whom public safety director is a full-time career, but shall not include clerical, custodial or maintenance personnel.
(2) The public safety director shall have direct control and supervision of the police chief, fire chief, and risk manager and shall be accountable for the faithful discharge of his or her duties. The powers conferred upon the public safety director shall at all times be subject to the mayor and council.
(3) The public safety director shall be appointed by the city administrator and under the direction and control of the city administrator, and shall be responsible to the city administrator for the efficient conduct of his or her office. Notwithstanding the creation of a public safety director position by the mayor and council, the city administrator shall be the appointing authority for all police and fire positions covered by the Civil Service Act.
(4) All appointments to the position of public safety director shall be made solely on merit, efficiency and fitness, which shall be ascertained by open examination and impartial investigation by the commission. Appointments shall mean all means of selecting, appointing or employing any person to hold the position of public safety director subject to the provision of the Civil Service Act as set forth herein. Demotion shall mean changing from one position to another, accompanied by a corresponding change in current rate of pay. Position shall mean an individual job which is designated by an official title indicative of the nature of the work. Discipline and/or termination of the public safety director shall be according to the provisions of the Civil Service Commission rules made applicable to the public safety director position by this section.
Source: Ord. No. 3368, § 1, 12-16-85; Ord. No. 5479, § 3, 6-19-17;