SENATE BILL 5127





                        57th Legislature

                      2001 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate March 9, 2001

  YEAS 48   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 6, 2001

  YEAS 92   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SENATE BILL 5127 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives






Speaker of the

      House of Representatives



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below. 





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 5127



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Prentice, Patterson, McAuliffe and McDonald


Read first time 01/11/2001.  Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce & Financial Institutions.

Determining the number of unclassified personnel in the sheriff's office.

    AN ACT Relating to determining the number of unclassified personnel in the sheriff's office; and amending RCW 41.14.070.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 41.14.070 and 1997 c 62 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) The classified civil service and provisions of this chapter shall include all deputy sheriffs and other employees of the office of sheriff in each county except the county sheriff in every county and an additional number of positions, designated the unclassified service, determined as follows:



           Staff Personnel                       Position Appointments

          1     through 10                        2

         11     through 20                        3

         21     through 50                        4

         51     through 100                       5

        101     ((and over)) through 250          6

        251     through 500                       8

        501     and over                          10


    (2) The unclassified position appointments authorized by this section must include selections from the following positions up to the limit of the number of positions authorized:  Undersheriff, inspector, chief criminal deputy, chief civil deputy, jail superintendent, and administrative assistant or administrative secretary.  The initial selection of specific positions to be exempt shall be made by the sheriff, who shall notify the civil service commission of his or her selection.  Subsequent changes in the designation of which positions are to be exempt may be made only with the concurrence of the sheriff and the civil service commission, and then only after the civil service commission has heard the issue in open meeting.  Should the position or positions initially selected by the sheriff to be exempt (unclassified) pursuant to this section be under the classified civil service at the time of such selection, and should it (or they) be occupied, the employee(s) occupying said position(s) shall have the right to return to the next highest position or a like position under classified civil service.

    (3) In counties with a sheriff's department that operates the 911 emergency communications system, in addition to the unclassified positions authorized in subsections (1), (2), and (4) of this section, the sheriff may designate one unclassified position for the 911 emergency communications system.

    (4) In addition to the unclassified positions authorized in this section, the county legislative authority of any county with a population of five hundred thousand or more operating under a home rule charter may designate unclassified positions of administrative responsibility not to exceed ((twelve)) twenty positions.


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