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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
County

El Dorado County
Measure V - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

31,946 votes yes (41.46%)

45,115 votes no (58.54%)

100% of precincts reporting (166/166).

90,730 ballots counted.

Charter Amendment
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Shall the measure be adopted to amend the El Dorado County Charter Section 502.1 regarding Classified and Unclassified Employees to provide that the Board of Supervisors may determine, by Resolution, additional positions to be of the "unclassified service," such that the Board may designate that certain County employment positions will no longer be afforded civil services status and protection and shall serve in an "at-will" capacity?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of amending the Charter to allow the Board of Supervisors to designate additional employment positions as part of the unclassified service. 

NO vote means

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the Charter to allow the Board of Supervisors to designate additional employment posit ions as part of the unclassified service. 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

Measure V (the “Measure”), if approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon, would amend Section 502.1 of the County of El Dorado Charter (“Charter”) to allow the Board of Supervisors to designate certain additional employment positions as part of the “unclassified service” such that those positions would no longer be governed by the County’s limited civil service system. This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado (“County”) pursuant to County Resolution No. 155-2018. The County operates under a County Charter that was ratified by the voters on November 8, 1994. The California Constitution provides that a county may adopt a charter to govern itself in regard to specific matters that are identified in Article XI section 4 and the voters may amend the charter by a majority vote of the electors voting on the question. The County, through the Charter and County ordinances, has adopted a limited civil service system to regulate, among other things, the hiring, discipline, and dismissal of positions covered by the system—known as the “classified service.” As a result, the hiring process for a position in the classified service requires a competitive selection process that can include application evaluation boards, written or oral tests, performance tests, physical agility tests, and training and experience evaluations. Additionally, employees who have completed a probationary period in a position in the classified service are entitled to certain procedural safeguards—such as notice and an opportunity for a hearing— prior to being disciplined, demoted, or dismissed. However, not all county employment positions are covered by the limited civil service system. The Charter and County ordinance designate certain positions as being part of the “unclassified service,” which includes elected officers, appointed department heads, any person holding a confidential position to each member of the Board of Supervisors, and the Undersheriff. Employees in these unclassified positions are hired and dismissed at the discretion of the appointing authority.  This Measure would amend the Charter to allow the Board of Supervisors, by resolution, to add to the unclassified service any position not represented by an employee union. Employees whose positions are added to the classified service will have a right to return to a classified position previously held by that employee in accordance with the County’s Ordinance Code. This Measure would further amend Section 502.1 to remove the Charter’s reference to the Deputy Director of Welfare position, as that position no longer exists. 

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of amending the Charter to allow the Board of Supervisors to designate additional employment positions as part of the unclassified service. 

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the Charter to allow the Board of Supervisors to designate additional employment posit ions as part of the unclassified service. 

If you would like a copy of the proposed charter amendment, you may call the county elections official’s office and request that a copy be mailed to you at no cost. 

Michael J. Ciccozzi, El Dorado County, County Counsel

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

RESOLUTION NO. 155-2018 OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF EL DORADO SUBMISSION TO VOTERS OF A MEASURE AMENDING COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 502.1, CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES WHEREAS, the 2017-18 Charter Review Committee held 10 meetings between June 26, 2017, and January 8, 2018, and issued recommendations and responses on 15 subject areas of the Charter, including the nine Findings from the Grand Jury as well as six additional areas/items; and

WHEREAS, at its June 26, 2018 meeting, the Board of Supervisors considered the report on the six Charter areas identified for possible amendment and directed staff to return to the Board on July 17, 2018, with recommended ballot language for two of the items considered; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors desires, on the recommendation of the 2017-18 Charter Review Committee, to ask the voters of the County to consider approving an amendment to the County Charter Section 502.1, “Classified and Unclassified Employees,” to provide that additional Countyemployment positions may be designated as members of the “unclassified service” as determined by Resolution of the Board of Supervisors. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

1) Pursuant to Government Code Section 23722, The Board of Supervisors does hereby order submitted to the voters at the next established election date on November 6, 2018, a measure to amend the El Dorado County Charter Section 502.1, “Classified and Unclassified Employees,” as more specifically set forth in Exhibit A hereto.

2) The ballot question to be submitted to the voters shall be as follows: Shall the measure be adopted to amend the El Dorado County Charter Section 502.1 regarding Classified and Unclassified Employees to provide that the Board of Supervisors may determine, by Resolution, additional positions to be of the “unclassified service,” such that the Board may designate that certain County employment positions will no longer be afforded civil services status and protection and shall serve in an “at-will” capacity?

3) That in all particulars not recited in the Resolution, the election shall be held and conducted as provided by law. The Registrar of Voters is hereby authorized and directed to take all actions necessary for the conduct of the election, to canvass the results thereof, and to certify the results to the Board of Supervisors.

4) That the approval of this Resolution and the submittal of the measure referenced in Section 1 hereof to a vote of the people is not a project under the California Environmental Quality Act in that it does not have the potential to result in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonable foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment (14 Cal. Code of Regs. Section 15378(a)), and in that the creation of governmental funding mechanisms or other government fiscal activities which do not involve any commitment to any specific project which may result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment is expressly excluded from the definition of a project (14 Code of Cal. Regs. Section 15378(b)(4)). 

EXHIBIT A PROPOSED CHARTER LANGUAGE ADDITIONAL AT-WILL CLASSIFICATIONS Article V, Personnel, Section 502.1, “Classified and Unclassified Employees” This section of the charter, with changes, would read as follows: Classified and Unclassified Employees The classified service consists of all positions in which employees have achieved civil service status except those positions designated as unclassified below. The unclassified service consists of:

a. elected county officers;

b. appointed department heads;

c. all appointed boards, committees and commissions;

d. all persons serving without compensation (compensation does not include incidental fees and expenses);

e. casual patient and inmates at county institutions;

f. the following administrative personnel charged with making policy decisions: Deputy Director of Welfare; Undersheriff and any other unrepresented position as determined by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, all of whom The Undersheriff shall have the right to return to a former classified position in accord with county ordinance;

g. any person holding a confidential position to each member of the Board of Supervisors;

h. persons employed to render professional, scientific, technical or expert services on a temporary basis for a specific project;

i. persons covered under State Merit Systems;

j. persons employed as independent contractors pursuant to contracts, as authorized by the Board of Supervisors.

k. persons otherwise excluded by operation of law. The Board of Supervisors shall have the right for good cause and after written notice to affected parties, to make "de minimis" changeswhich amend the foregoing list.

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