COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Amendment of Personnel Policy P-23, “Performance Review”
Resolution to Amend Personnel Policy P- 23, “Performance Review”
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Trank, Suyes, Roberman
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
April 4, 2007
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Department of Fire Rescue has requested that the probationary period for firefighters be increased from 6 months to 12 months. Human Resources reviewed the request and agrees that the change is appropriate due to the long initial training period required before a firefighter is independently carrying out his duties. The longer probationary evaluation period currently applies to Police Officers and Communication Officers.
4.1.2 Quality Place of Employment
The proposed change would add Albemarle County Fire/Rescue Department Firefighters to the list of employees who are under a 12 –month probationary period versus the 6-month period for most employees. Those currently under the 12-month rule are Police Officers with no previous experience in Virginia law enforcement and Communications Officers and Supervisors of the Emergency Communications Center. When this policy was last amended in 1996, there were few, if any, paid firefighters and they were not included in the group requiring 12-month probations. Fire/Rescue has grown considerably and most of the new employees go through 3 months of training when they are hired. Six months is not enough time to allow management to see the employee’s performance in the field in enough situations to gauge their skills and competency on the job. Eighteen new firefighters have been offered positions starting April 30th, 2007 and the Department’s management wishes for the policy change to be approved in time to begin those employees under the 12-month rule.
Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution, which will approve the proposed change to Personnel Policy P-23.
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