Sonoma County Civil Service Ordinance Amendment, Measure D (June 2010)
In 2010, Sonoma County had a 5-member Civil Service Commission and the members of the commission were appointed by the county's supervisors. The commission was bound by the county's civil service ordinance, which was enacted in 1950, to guide its decisions about county employment. This includes the hiring and firing of most of the county's non-managerial staff.
Measure D would have made it easier to change some features of the 1950 law. Currently, the Civil Service Commission must put most changes it wants made to a county-wide vote of the people. There had been two such elections since 1990.
Sonoma County administrator Veronica Ferguson proposed Measure D in order to have a way to update the county's system without having to go to a vote of the people each time there was a change.
Measure D said that the Civil Service Commission can amend parts of the 1950 ordinance without first seeking voter approval as long as the changes they make “do not nullify the basic principles” of the civil service system.
Measure D also would have changed the civil service status of Sonoma County's human resources director.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Sonoma County elections office.
Supporters included county supervisors Veronica Ferguson and Efren Carrillo.
Bill Robotka, a union representative of Local 20 IFPTE (Engineers and Scientists of California), said, "It's just bad business. You're basically empowering the board to make changes without public scrutiny."
The question on the ballot:
|Measure D: Shall the Sonoma County Civil Service Ordinance be amended to: change the appointing responsibility for the director of human resources from the Civil Service Commission to the Board of Supervisors; add the director of human resources to the list of unclassified employees; and allow the Board of Supervisors to amend the Ordinance without voter approval so long as amendments do not nullify the basic principles of the Civil Service System?|
- Press Democrat, "Sonoma County's Measure D irks labor groups," May 21, 2010
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