City Secretary's Office
216 West Sealy Street
Alvin, Texas 77511
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday-7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Special Election Information
November 3, 2020
NOTICE OF ELECTION
Sample Ballots Listed by Precinct
Early Voting Turnout Information
The City of Alvin’s General Election was scheduled for May 4, 2020, to elect a Mayor and a City Council member to District E. This election was canceled, as incumbents for each position ran unopposed. Paul Horn will serve a final three-year term as the City’s Mayor, and Gabe Adame will serve a final three-year term as City Council member to District E. (Please note: No mayor or council member may serve more than three (3) consecutive terms of office (inclusive of unexpired terms) without abstaining from holding office for the position of mayor or council member of the city for at least one full term of office.)
In response to a petition filed on behalf of the Alvin Police Association, City of Alvin voters will be asked to approve or reject the adoption of the State Civil Service System for the Alvin Police Department on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
A petition requesting a vote before the City of Alvin voters on whether to adopt the State Civil Service System was submitted to the City Secretary on January 22, 2020. The petition was verified by the City Secretary and accepted by the City Council on February 6, 2020. Pursuant to the petition, the Alvin City Council was required to place this issue on the May 4, 2020, election ballot. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused all elections scheduled for May in Brazoria County to move to the November 3, 2020, uniform election date, which is also a Presidential Election.
November 3, 2020, Ballot language will read:
Adoption of the Fire Fighter’s and Police Officers Civil Service Law, applicable to only the Police Department.
More information is posted below on Civil Service Law.
Important Dates to Remember:
Are you Registered to vote? Visit www.votetexas.gov through the Texas Secretary of State's office to find out, or to register.
Visit the Brazoria County Clerks Election Office to view sample ballots and to find out other election related information for the November 3rd Election.
CIVIL SERVICE FACTS
Proposed Adoption of Texas Civil Service System for the Alvin Police Department.
This fact sheet is for information purposes only and does not in any way express an opinion for or against adoption of Municipal Civil Service for Police Officers (Chapter 143, Tx. Local Government Code)
In response to a petition filed by the Alvin Police Association, City of Alvin voters will be asked to approve or reject the adoption of the State Civil Service System for the Alvin Police Department on Tuesday, May 2, 2020.
A petition requesting a vote on whether to adopt the State Civil Service System was submitted on January 22, 2020. The petition was verified by the City Secretary and accepted by the City Council on February 6, 2020. Pursuant to the petition, the Alvin City Council was required to place this issue on the May 2, 2020 election ballot. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused all elections scheduled for May in Brazoria County to move to the November 3, 2020, uniform election date.
In order to assist voters in making an informed decision, the City of Alvin has compiled the following facts regarding the State Civil Service System for the Police Departments:
Q: WHEN WAS FIRE AND POLICE CIVIL SERVICE CREATED IN TEXAS?
A: Texas enacted the State Civil Service System for Fire and Police Departments in 1947. The system is governed by Texas Local Government Code (TxLGC) Chapter 143, which provides the following purpose:
“…to secure efficient fire and police departments composed of capable personnel who are free from political influence and who have permanent employment tenure as public servants.”
Amendments to the law are made by the Texas legislature.
Q: HOW IS POLICE CIVIL SERVICE ADOPTED?
A: A municipality must first have a population of 10,000 or more, a paid police department and a majority of the voters voting in the election must vote to adopt the State Civil Service System for Police Departments.
Q: WILL CITY PERSONNEL POLICIES & PROCEDURES CHANGE UNDER CIVIL SERVICE?
A: Yes, but only for Police who will be under a different system than other City employees. Adoption of this system will place police officers in a different category of City employees and a two-tiered system will exist between these employees and all other City employees. The State Civil Service System for Police Departments is created and amended by the Texas Legislature and not by the Alvin City Council. Currently, all City employees are subject to the City’s personnel policies as adopted by the Alvin City Council. Under the Civil service System, however, the City would be required to create a Civil Service Commission, consisting of three Alvin residents appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the City council. The Commission would then appoint an individual to serve as the Director of Police Civil Service, who serves as secretary to the Commission and performs work incidental to the civil service system as required by the Commission.
The Police Officers for the City of Alvin are covered by Collective Bargaining, Chapter 174 of the Texas Local Government Code. A contract between the City and the Alvin Police Officers’ Association was approved for fiscal year 2019-2020 through fiscal year 2021-2022.
Q: HOW WILL HIRING/PROMOTIONAL PRACTICES DIFFER UNDER CIVIL SERVICE LAW?
A: Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City and the APOA, the hiring process is not covered and is flexible.
Texas Local Government Code Chapter 143 establishes the decision-making process for both hiring and promotions as opposed to allowing the Police Chief or City Manager to make those decisions. Civil Service provides for written, standardized testing for entry-level positions and mandates that all hiring must be from an eligibility list. Generally, the person who scores the highest on such test is hired unless there is a valid reason why the person having a lower score should be appointed. Additionally, under Civil Service, a person who is age 45 or older, regardless of experience or qualifications, may not be considered for an entry-level position.
Promotions are done only from within and awarded based on standardized testing and seniority within the department. Use of oral interviews, assessment center processes and job performance evaluations would be prohibited when the Police Chief makes the promotional decision. Prior experience, military service, and educational achievement do not matter in promotional decisions under State Civil Service. Candidates who are bypassed have a right to appeal to the civil service commission or a hearing examiner.
Q: UNDER CIVIL SERVICE LAW, WILL THE CITY BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE PRIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE WHEN HIRING NEW OFFICERS?
A: No. Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, an applicant, if hired, that has five (5) or more years of prior experience as a police officer, shall, upon successful completion of the probationary period, be moved to the three (3) year pay in the scale, remaining there until tenure or promotions move him/her further up the scale. Under State Civil Service, however, this approach is not permitted. All hiring of new Police Officers must come strictly from an eligibility list created solely by written examination and physical agility tests.
Q: WILL CIVIL SERVICE HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE LOCAL BUDGET?
A: There will be increased costs to Alvin citizens and/or taxpayers if a Civil Service System is adopted, including but not limited to costs associated with administrative support, legal fees, and changes in pay and benefits required under the state law. The State Civil Service System for Police Departments would establish and govern compensation and benefits for all Police Officers.
Chapter 143 allows for classified personnel to accrue 15 days of sick leave within a 12-month period. Additionally, a Police Officer who leaves the classified service for any reason is entitled to receive, in a lump-sum payment, the full amount of the person’s salary for accumulated sick leave up to 90 days of sick leave or 720 hours of pay at their highest rate. Payment of this accumulated sick leave must be made regardless of the reason for separation of employment – including even those employees who are fired for cause.
For classified, non-probationary police officers, they are entitled to accrue 15 days of vacation leave per year. However, they will be allowed to carry-over, from year-to-year, only the amounts that other City employees are allowed to accrue under the City’s personnel policies.
Q: HOW DOES POLICE CIVIL SERVICE ADDRESS CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE?
A: Currently, all Police Officers employees may face disciplinary actions, including suspensions without pay, demotions and termination from employment for reasons outlined in the City’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Under the State Civil Service System, Police Officers would face disciplinary action, including suspension or termination only for reasons outlined in the state law. Further, the Police Chief may only suspend Police Officers within 180 days of the date of the occurrence of the misconduct. If the misconduct relates to criminal activity, then the Police Chief generally has 180 days from the date he or she discovers the act(s) to suspend the Officer.
The Police Chief must provide the Civil Service Commission and the affected employee written notice within 120 hours of the suspension and advise the employee of the appeal process.
Under State Civil Service Law, the Police Chief has the authority only to recommend a demotion to the Civil Service Commission. Any demotion will require approval by the Civil Service Commission and possibly a public hearing unless the Officer voluntarily accepts the demotion.
Q: HOW WOULD THE APPEAL PROCESS WORK?
A: Currently, under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Alvin Police Officers’ Association, Officers may appeal their demotion to an arbitrator. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the party who loses the arbitration must pay all costs.
Under the State Civil Service System for Police Departments, a Police Officer will have 10 days from the time of receiving notice of the discipline to file for an appeal with either the Civil Service Commission or a hearing examiner. The hearing examiner’s fees and expenses are shared equally by both the City and the appealing Police Officer. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the Civil Service Commission has 30 days to schedule and complete the hearing. If a hearing examiner is requested, the hearing is generally set at the parties’ and hearing examiner’s schedules.
The Commission or hearing examiner may uphold the discipline only for violation of civil service rules and only after a finding by the Commission or hearing examiner of the truth of the specific changes against the Police Officer.
Alvin City Hall
216 West Sealy
Alvin, Texas 77511
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