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Sec. 1016.  Discharge or Suspension.
 
   (a)   Discharge or Suspension for Cause.  Any board or officer having the power of appointment shall have the power to suspend or discharge any officer, member or employee of the office or department.  No person in the classified civil service shall be discharged or suspended except for cause, which shall be stated in writing by the board or officer having the power to make such discharge or suspension.
 
   (b)   Statement of Cause.  The written statement of cause shall be filed with the Board of Civil Service Commissioners, with certification that a copy has been served upon the person so discharged or suspended, in accordance with Section 1018.  Upon filing with the board, the discharge or suspension shall take effect.
 
   (c)   Application for Hearing.  Within five days of service of the written statement upon any person so discharged or suspended, the person shall file a written application with the board in order to require the board to hold a hearing to investigate the grounds for the discharge or suspension.  In the event that the person does not file an application, the board may, but is not required to, within 15 days after the filing of the written statement with the board, determine to hold a hearing to investigate the grounds for the discharge or suspension.
 
   (d)   Reinstatement; Restoration.  If, after investigation and hearing as required by law is held, the board finds, in writing, that the grounds stated for the discharge or suspension were insufficient or were not sustained, the board shall order the person to be reinstated or restored to duty.  With the consent of the appointing authority, the board may also reduce the length of the suspension, or may substitute suspension for discharge, if the board makes a written finding that such action is warranted.  The order of the board with respect to the discharge or suspension shall be promptly certified to the appointing board or officer, and shall be final and conclusive.
 
   (e)   Compensation.  If the board orders reinstatement or restoration to duty of a person who has been discharged or suspended, the person shall be entitled to receive compensation from the City the same as if he or she had not been discharged or suspended by the appointing board or officer.
 
   (f)   Change of Disciplinary Review.  The Council may, by ordinance, provide for an alternative system for impartial review of employee discipline as set forth in subsections (b) through (e) of this section, provided that such a system conforms with due process standards for a fair hearing, and provided there remains a process for review of employee discipline in which costs are borne by the City.
 
   (g)   Finality of Order of Suspension for Lack of Funds.  The order of any appointing board or officer suspending any person because of lack of funds or lack of work in the department shall be final, and shall not be subject to review by the Board of Civil Service Commissioners.
 
   (h)   Applicability.  The procedure for review of discipline set forth in this section shall not apply to:
 
   (1)   those members of the Police Department appointed under civil service rules and regulations and sworn in, as provided by law, to perform the duties of regular police officers who are subject to the provisions of Section 1070 of the Charter.
 
   (2)   those members of the Fire Department appointed under civil service rules and regulations to perform the duties of regular firefighters who are subject to the provisions of Section 1060 of the Charter.
 
   (3)   any suspension of five working days or less in any 12 month period for personal delinquency.  The reasons stated in writing for any suspension shall be furnished to the suspended employee and promptly filed with the board.  Any suspension which results in an employee having a total suspended time by reason of the exercise of authority under this subsection in excess of five working days in any 12 month period shall be subject to all of the provisions of this section.