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(A) All applicants for positions in the city service may be required to undergo a fitness for duty evaluation to determine physical and mental fitness to perform work in the position to which they seek employment. Applicants or eligibles determined to be physically or mentally unfit for service shall not be considered for appointment.
(B) Employees, during their period of employment, may be required by their department head with the approval of the Personnel Director to undergo periodic fitness for duty evaluations to determine their physical and mental fitness to perform the work of the position in which they are employed. When an employee of the city is reported by the evaluating health care practitioner to be physically or mentally unfit to perform work of the position which he is employed, the employee may, within five days from the date of his notification of the determination by the evaluating health care practitioner, indicate in writing to the Personnel Director his intention to submit the question of his physical or mental unfitness to a comparable, duly licensed health care practitioner of his own choice. In the event there is a difference of opinion between the evaluating health care practitioner and the health care practitioner chosen by the employee, then a health care practitioner shall be mutually designated by the evaluating health care practitioner and the health care practitioner chosen by the employee whose decision shall be final and binding as to the physical or mental fitness of the employee to perform the work of the position in which he is employed. An employee finally determined to be physically or mentally unfit to continue in the position in which he is employed may be demoted in accordance with these rules or separated from the city service.
(C) Fitness for duty evaluations undergone at the order of the city shall be at no expense to the employee. Determination of physical or mental fitness shall be by a duly licensed health care practitioner designated by the Personnel Director. Such health care practitioners may include physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, or other medical or mental health professionals deemed relevant or necessary for an accurate evaluation
('58 Code, § 11.95.9) (Ord. 69-85, passed 9-9-69; Am. Ord. 98-3, passed 10-14-97)