Denver City Charter

Section 1.2.1 




Section 9.1.1.

While the Denver City Charter requires discipline of a Civil Service employee to be consistent with discipline of other members of the classified service, there is no such provision for Career Service employees. In re Napoli, CSB 74-10, n.3 (8/18/11).  

The Denver City Charter protects a career service employees from displacement when his position is abolished, but a new position is created with substantially the same duties and responsibilities.  In re Sanders, CSA 62-09, 1 (CSB 2/17/11); citing In re Hamilton, CSA 100-09, 107-09, 5 (CSB 2/17/11). 

The basic purpose of civil service laws is to secure efficient public servants, to promote the welfare of the individual civil servant but also promote the best interests of the public as a whole.  In re Hamilton, CSA 100-09, 15 (9/17/10), citing Turner v. City & County of Denver, 361 P.2d 631, 634 (Colo. 1961).   

Denver furthers those public interests by providing merit selection, like pay for like work, discipline only for cause, and other protections set forth in the Career Service Rules. In re Hamilton, CSA 100-09, 15 (9/17/10). 

The overriding policy of civil services laws is promotion of the best interests of the public as a whole.  The basic purpose of civil service laws is to secure efficient public servants, and promote the welfare of the individual civil servant.  In re Hamilton, CSA 100-09, 15 (9/17/10), citing Turner v. City & County of Denver, 361 P.2d 631, 634 (Colo. 1961).  

Denver furthers those public interests by providing merit selection, like pay for like work, discipline only for cause, and other protections set forth in the Career Service Rules.  In re Hamilton, CSA 100-09, 15 (9/17/10).




§ 9.1.1.E. (vi)

Since this provision applies only to new hires or to promotions, and makes no provision for appointing acting positions, then director did not violate this section by appointing acting division chief.  In re Anderson, Connors, 61-10, 63-10, 66-10, 67-10, 9 (12/22/2010).  

This section empowers the Career Service Board to adopt, administer, and enforce the merit system of employment. In re Anderson, Connors, 61-10, 63-10, 66-10, 67-10, 9 (12/22/2010).  

An employee who was a career service employee at the time of his termination  is entitled to file a direct appeal under CSR 19-10 A.1.a, and by the City’s Charter, §§9.1.1E.(vi); 9.8.2 (A).  In re Abbey, CSA 99-09, 6 (8/9/10). 

Civilian employees of the police department are members of the career service personnel system and may appeal discipline under the career service rules.   In re Morgan, CSA 63-08, 2 (4/6/09).  




§ 9.8.3. A, D 

In contrast to civilian police department employees who are members of the career service, police officers belong to the classified service, which provides the rights to organize and bargain collectively and appeal rights under an alternate merit personnel system.   In re Morgan, CSA 63-08, 2 (4/6/09). 


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