The commissioners declined to comment about the complaint, saying they couldn’t talk about it. Probate Judge Ryan Robertson, the chairman of the commission, called the meeting to discuss the county’s policy on grievances and to discuss how the complaint could be resolved.
Commissioner Bobby Brooks said because the complaint was about the county administrator, the commissioners weren’t sure how it should be handled.
“We didn’t know where to go with that,” Brooks said.
County attorney Doug Ghee told the commissioners the county procedure is in place in lieu of a civil service board. The employee is required to file a complaint with his supervisor, he said. If the issue is not resolved the complaint goes before a board or committee for resolution, Ghee said.
He suggested the commissioners inform the employee of the proper procedure. In addition, Ghee suggested the commission pass a resolution to create the board so it is ready to review complaints as necessary.
“I would encourage you to go ahead and establish a board and have one in place,” Ghee said.
Commissioner Emmett Owen asked if he could be a member.
Ghee said the commissioners do not appoint the committee members and only county employees can be appointed.
According to the county’s Personnel Policies and Procedures handbook, the employee can file a complaint verbally to his supervisor. If there is no resolution, the employee has the option of filing a written complaint detailing the grievance, previous supervisory decisions, the remedy the employee is seeking and the names of any witnesses, the policy states. The supervisor is then required to investigate and notify the employee of the findings of the investigation and a decision on the issue.
If the employee is not satisfied, he or she can then ask that the issue go before a grievance committee.
The six-member grievance committee is made up of county employees appointed from among the county’s departments. Each member serves a one-year term on the committee.
Owen asked Ghee to notify the employee of the procedure for filing a complaint. He then asked the commissioners to approve implementing the board, which they did unanimously.
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