The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service only one program, Administration. Therefore the mission and goals of the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service are the same as those listed for the Administration Program in the program description that follows.
The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service is constitutionally created and was developed in order to provide a general personnel system for firefighters and police officers in all municipalities in the state having populations of not less than 7,000 nor more that 400,000 inhabitants and in all parish fire departments and fire protection districts, based upon merit, efficiency, fitness, and length of service. The system is designed to provide a structured, competitive merit system for beginning employment and promotion; continuous employment during changes of local government administration; a system of equal pay for equal work; a systematic and orderly method of classifying position; and a method through which an employee may seek relief if he/she feels he/she has been subjected to discrimination in employment practices or working conditions, as well as relief from unfair disciplinary or corrective actions. The benefits to the community include professional employees who are employed and promoted on the basis of skills and professional abilities, thus responding to the primary need of public safety in the area. The local governing body is provided an orderly system of personnel management supervised by a local civil service board provided by state law and composed of local citizens, with employee representation of the fire and police departments. By law, local civil service board members must serve without compensation and require extensive support from this agency as the membership usually lacks a background or training in personnel administration. The overall program is geared to provide an equitable employment situation for employees and potential employees within the system, with the end result being greater efficiency within the departments, increased professionalism of employees, improved law enforcement and fire protection within the communities, and sustained higher employee morale.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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