Town employee policy updated

  • Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summerville Town Council agreed Wednesday to make some basic changes to the employee handbook, but left heftier questions for the budget retreat later this summer. Director of Administrative Services Lisa Wallace said the changes were to provide a more detailed policy on light duty and to change outdated wording that refers to a “town administrator.” Summerville hasn’t had a town administrator since Dennis Pieper resigned more than a year ago. After Mayor Bill Collins took office, the council agreed to allow him to take on some of the duties that an administrator would do. Councilman Bob Jackson initially wanted to table the changes until council could hash out a policy on rehiring retirees, but he agreed that discussion could wait for the budget retreat. Councilman Aaron Brown also asked that the handbook change from saying employee evaluations “may” be conducted to “will” be conducted. “What I’m trying to get away from is subjectivity in promoting employees,” he said. Having evaluations on file provides a history of employee performance, he said.  

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