Appointments and promotions of municipal officers and employees shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination and/or other evidence of competence.
   The Municipal Administrator, or such other person as he may designate, shall prepare personnel rules. Upon approval by the Administrator, the rules shall be proposed to the Council and Council may by ordinance adopt them, with or without amendment. These rules shall provide for:
   (a)    The classification of all municipal positions, based on the duties, authority, and responsibility of each position, with adequate provision for reclassification of any position whenever warranted by circumstances
   (b)    A pay plan for all municipal positions.
   (c)    Methods for determining the merit and fitness of candidates for appointment and promotion.
   (d)    The policies and procedures regulating reduction in force and removal of employees.
   (e)    The hours of work, attendance regulations, and provisions for sick and vacation leave.
   (f)    The policies and procedures governing persons holding provisional appointments.
   (g)    The policies and procedures governing relationships with employee organizations.
   (h)    Policies regarding in-service training programs.
   (i)    Grievance procedures, including procedures for the hearing of grievances by the Personnel Appeals Board, as provided elsewhere in this section.
   (j)    Other practices and procedures necessary to the administration of the municipal personnel system.
   There shall be a Personnel Appeals Board consisting of three (3) members appointed by Council for terms of three (3) years from among the qualified electors of the Municipality. Members of the Board shall have been continuously a resident of the Municipality for one (1) year prior to the date of their appointment, shall be known to be in sympathy with the merit principle as applied to municipal service, shall neither hold nor be a candidate for any public office or employment, and shall not be a member of any local, state, or national committee of a political party or an officer in any partisan political club or organization.
   The Personnel Appeals Board shall hear appeals upon request by any officer or employee in the classified service when such officer or employee has been suspended in excess of three days, reduced in rank, or removed from his or her position. The Board shall make its own rules, choose its own officers, and have authority to subpoena witnesses and to require the production of records. The judgment of the Personnel Appeals Board shall be final.
   The Municipal Administrator shall provide the necessary staff assistance for the Personnel Appeals Board. 
(Amended 11-2-71; 11-3-87)