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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 9

Meeting Date: January 8, 2002

Subject/Title: Veterans’ Preference System

Submitted by: Patti Standley, Human Resources Manager

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 
Adopt a Resolution establishing a Veterans’ Preference System in compliance with Government Code Section 50088 effective January 1, 2002.


PREVIOUS ACTION
None

BACKGROUND
In 1999, the Governor signed State Senate Bill 36 that added Government Code Section 50088. The provisions of Government Code Section 5088 state, in part:

When any city, or city and county, general law or chartered, has established a civil service system (merit system) and entrance examination for the selection or appointive officers and employees, the board of supervisors or city council by January 1, 2002, shall either implement a veterans’ preference system giving preference to a veteran over other identically qualified applicants, or shall adopt a resolution identifying reasons that it does not implement a veterans’ preference system.

The intent of this Bill was to recognize that “veterans’ preferences are in part a reward for service in defense of the nation and state; in part a compensation for postponed or interrupted civilian careers; and in part a recognition of a practical credential; the assumption that veterans, having honorable discharges from their duties in the armed forces, may be expected to continue to perform responsibly in civilian public service”.

The adoption of the Resolution will establish a veterans’ preference policy to grant veterans an interview over other similarly qualified individuals that meet minimum qualifications when said veterans apply for employment to entry level employment opportunities.


FISCAL IMPACT
None

RESOLUTION NO.


A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD ADOPTING A VETERANS’ PREFERENCE SYSTEM FOR ENTRY LEVEL, OPEN RECRUITMENTS

WHEREAS, the State of California enacted legislation amending Government Code Section 50088 effective January 1, 2002, and

WHEREAS, this legislation requires each City Council in California with a civil service (merit) system to either implement a veterans’ preference system or adopt a resolution identifying why it is not implementing such a program, and

WHEREAS, California Government Code Section 18973 defines “veteran”, and

WHEREAS, veterans’ preferences for entry-level jobs are, in part, a reward for service in defense of the nation and state; in part, a compensation for postponed or interrupted civilian careers; and, in part, a recognition of a practical credential,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood that it hereby approves a Veterans’ Preference for job applicants in accordance with California Government Code Section 50088, utilizing the definition of “veteran” as specified in California Government Code Section 18973.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Veterans’ Preference System be used on recruitments for entry level, open recruitments as shown on the attached Exhibit A, which is hereby made a part of this resolution by reference.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Brentwood will recognize veterans as defined above by granting them preference during the application screening process. A veteran shall receive an interview over other candidates that meet minimum qualifications without regard to highly desirable qualifications that may otherwise screen them out of consideration for an interview. Preference afforded via the application screening shall constitute the complete and total extent to which the City of Brentwood will afford veteran preference over other candidates. 
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held January 8, 2002 by the following vote:

AYES: 
NOES: 
ABSENT: 
_____________________________
Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Mayor


ATTEST:

__________________________________
Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk

COUNCIL/ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY
Subject: Veterans Preference System Policy No: Date: 
Resolution No: Page 1 of 1


PURPOSE

Government Code Section 50088, requires cities that have an established civil service (merit) system and entrance examination (interview process) for the selection of appointive officers and employees, the city council shall either implement a veteran’s preference system giving preference to a veteran over other identically qualified applicants, or shall adopt a resolution identifying reasons that it does not implement a veteran’s preference system. 

The City of Brentwood recognizes veterans of the armed forces for their service in defense of the United States and the State of California.


DEFINITION

For purposes of this policy, the term “veteran” shall mean any person who has been enlisted in any branch of the United States armed forces and who has served on active duty and who has been released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. Such service shall qualify an individual for veteran status under this policy when such service shall have been for thirty (30) days or more during the period of September 16, 1940 through January 31, 1955, or after January 31, 1955, if such service shall have been for at least 181 consecutive days in time of war or peace in a campaign or expedition for service in which a medal has been authorized by the government of the United States. The definition of the term “veteran” as used in this policy shall not include reserve service.

POLICY

The City of Brentwood will recognize veterans as defined above by granting them preference during the application screening process for entry-level open recruitments. A veteran shall receive an interview over other candidates that meet minimum qualifications without regard to highly desirable qualifications that may otherwise screen them out of consideration for an interview. Preference afforded via the application screening shall constitute the complete and total extent to which the City of Brentwood will afford veteran preference over other candidates. 

PURPOSE

Government Code Section 50088, requires cities that have an established civil service (merit) system and entrance examination (interview process) for the selection of appointive officers and employees, the city council shall either implement a veteran’s preference system giving preference to a veteran over other identically qualified applicants, or shall adopt a resolution identifying reasons that it does not implement a veteran’s preference system. 

The City of Brentwood recognizes veterans of the armed forces for their service in defense of the United States and the State of California.


DEFINITION

For purposes of this policy, the term “veteran” shall mean any person who has been enlisted in any branch of the United States armed forces and who has served on active duty and who has been released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. Such service shall qualify an individual for veteran status under this policy when such service shall have been for thirty (30) days or more during the period of September 16, 1940 through January 31, 1955, or after January 31, 1955, if such service shall have been for at least 181 consecutive days in time of war or peace in a campaign or expedition for service in which a medal has been authorized by the government of the United States. The definition of the term “veteran” as used in this policy shall not include reserve service.

POLICY

The City of Brentwood will recognize veterans as defined above by granting them preference during the application screening process for entry-level open recruitments. A veteran shall receive an interview over other candidates that meet minimum qualifications without regard to highly desirable qualifications that may otherwise screen them out of consideration for an interview. Preference afforded via the application screening shall constitute the complete and total extent to which the City of Brentwood will afford veteran preference over other candidates.

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