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The inspector general may request the board to issue a finding as to whether evidence shows that there is probable cause to believe that the subject of an investigation (for purposes of this section, “subject”) has violated this chapter, as follows:
(1) The inspector general may request the board to make a probable cause finding only after notifying the subject in writing. Such notice shall specify all the charges to be brought against the subject, including a summary of the facts alleged to support such finding, and shall state that the inspector general intends to request a probable cause finding by the board. Such notice must be served upon the subject at least 30 days before the request is made to the board.
(2) When requesting a probable cause finding, the inspector general shall provide to the board a final investigative report summarizing its investigation, which shall include all evidence supporting its findings and recommendation, and include an index describing the evidence gathered during the investigation.
(3) The board or its designee shall review the report, recommendation and evidence provided by the inspector general. If the board or its designee finds that the evidence does not show that there is probable cause to believe that the subject has violated this chapter, the board shall close the matter and so notify the inspector general and the subject. If the board or its designee finds that the evidence shows that there is probable cause to believe that the subject has violated this chapter, the board or its designee shall serve notice of the allegations upon the subject. Such notice shall inform the subject of his right to provide a written response, written submissions and a summary of the evidence supporting his position. The notice also shall set a meeting date with the board or its designee to discuss the allegations and the evidence. The subject must submit all written material and documents supporting his position at least 10 days before the date of the meeting. At the meeting, evidence presented in the matter shall be discussed and the subject shall be given an opportunity to respond to the evidence presented against him. The subject may be represented by counsel at the meeting. The entire meeting shall be reliably recorded or, alternatively, transcribed by a certified court reporter. All records of the meeting shall be kept confidential to the extent allowable under applicable law.
(4) After reviewing all the documents and evidence submitted by the parties, including oral and written responses, the board may: (i) seek to settle the matter by fine, discipline, or in such other manner as it deems appropriate; (ii) pursue an action for discipline; (iii) pursue an action for a fine; or (iv) take no action. If a settlement agreement involves the imposition of discipline and the subject is a current employee, such settlement agreement must be approved by the head of the city department, agency or office in which the employee works. If a settlement is reached, the full final settlement agreement, including the name of the subject of the investigation and the disciplinary measure imposed on him, shall be made publicly available to the extent allowable under applicable law. Except that in matters involving a violation of 2-156-149, the board may only pursue option (i), (iii), or (iv) and may also require attendance at such sexual harassment training as is designated by the Department of Human Resources.
(5) If the board determines to pursue an action for a fine, the matter shall proceed to a hearing on the merits as provided in Section 2-156-392.
(6) If the subject is a current employee and the board determines to pursue an action for discipline instead of a fine, within 40 days of such determination, the board shall submit a written recommendation, with all the evidence and documents supporting the board's recommendation: (i) to the mayor, if the employee is a department head or an appointed official; (ii) to the chairman of the city council committee or to the alderman for whom the employee works, if the employee is a city council employee; or (iii) to the head of the department or agency in which the employee works, if the employee is neither a department head, appointed official or a city council employee. A person to whom the board has transmitted its recommendation for action shall, within 30 days of receipt of the recommendation, report to the board in writing the actions taken on the recommendation and, to the extent that the person declines to take any recommended action, provide a written statement of reasons for his decision.
(Added Coun. J. 2-13-13, p. 46730, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 7-29-15, p. 3567, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 2-10-16, p. 19348, § 3; Amend Coun. J. 11-8-17, p. 58447, § 4)