CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6600
2002 Regular Session
Passed by the Senate March 11, 2002
YEAS 44 NAYS 0
President of the Senate
Passed by the House March 5, 2002
YEAS 97 NAYS 0
I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6600 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6600
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Financial Institutions (originally sponsored by Senator Prentice)
READ FIRST TIME 02/04/2002.
AN ACT Relating to authorizing unclassified position appointments in city or town police departments; amending RCW 41.12.050; and repealing RCW 41.12.060.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 41.12.050 and 1993 c 189 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
For police departments with fewer than six commissioned officers, including the
police chief, the classified civil service and provisions of this chapter
shall)) includes all full paid employees of the (( police))
department of (( each)) the city, town, or municipality (( coming
within its purview, except that)).
For police departments with six or more commissioned officers, including the
police chief, the legislative body of a city, town, or municipality may exempt
from civil service individuals appointed as police chief after July 1,
, to a department with six or more commissioned officers, including
the police chief, may be excluded by the legislative body of the city, town or
(a) If the police chief is not exempt, the classified civil service includes all full paid employees of the department of the city, town, or municipality, including the police chief.
(b) If the police chief is exempt, the classified civil service includes all full paid employees of the department of the city, town, or municipality, except the police chief and an additional number of positions, designated the unclassified service, determined as follows:
Department Personnel Position Appointments
6 through 10 2
11 through 20 3
21 through 50 4
51 through 100 5
101 through 250 6
251 through 500 8
501 and over 10
(3) The unclassified position appointments authorized by subsection (2)(b) of this section may only include selections from the following positions up to the limit of the number of positions authorized: Assistant chief, deputy chief, bureau commander, and administrative assistant or administrative secretary. The initial selection of specific positions to be in the unclassified service and exempt from civil service shall be made by the police chief, who shall notify the civil service commission of his or her selection. Subsequent changes in the designation of which positions are in the unclassified service may be made only with the concurrence of the police chief, the mayor or the city administrator, and the civil service commission, and then only after the civil service commission has heard the issue in an open meeting. If a position initially selected by the police chief to be in the unclassified service is in the classified civil service at the time of the selection, and if the position is occupied, the employee occupying the position has the right to return to the next highest position or a like position in the classified civil service.
(4) All appointments to and promotions in the department shall be made solely on merit, efficiency, and fitness except as provided in RCW 35.13.360 through 35.13.400, which shall be ascertained by open competitive examination and impartial investigation. No person in the unclassified service shall be reinstated in or transferred, suspended, or discharged from any such place, position, or employment contrary to the provisions of this chapter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. RCW 41.12.060 (Existing police blanketed under civil service) and 1937 c 13 s 6 are each repealed.
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