The three-person Personnel Appeal Board is appointed by the Borough Mayor and confirmed by the Borough Assembly. The board hears and adjudicates employee grievances.
The Personnel Appeal Board function is to interpret Borough policy and Borough Code. The board shall consider only the particular issues presented in writing by the Borough Manager, Clerk or Attorney and/or the employee. The Personnel Appeal Board shall have no authority or power to add to, delete from, disregard, or alter any of the provisions of Borough policies. The board shall be authorized only to interpret the existing provisions of the policies or Borough Code as they may apply to the specific facts of the issue in dispute. The board shall not decide on the merit or wisdom of any action or failure to act, but only on the contractual obligation inherent in Borough Code or policies.
When meeting for purposes of hearing and adjudicating grievances, the board's meetings are not open to the public. If the board convenes to consider setting Borough policy or making recommendations to the Borough Assembly, such meetings would be subject to the Open Meetings Act and therefore conducted in public.
Additional information about the Personnel Appeal Board and the grievance process can be found in KGBC 3.15.210. Contact HR Administrator Karolyn Hallmann or Assistant Borough Manager/HR Director Deanna Garrison with questions about the Personnel Appeal Board process.
An employee who is a member of a union and covered by a collective bargaining agreement should contact a union representative to address any questions regarding the grievance procedure directly related to that union.
Personnel Appeal Board Openings
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is soliciting for three citizens to serve as members of the Personnel Appeal Board. Interested persons are requested to submit an application and resume to the Borough Clerk’s office by August 30, 2016. The application can be viewed here.