Appointments and promotions to all positions in the service of the Town, other than those covered by an employee representative contract, shall be made solely on the basis of merit and only after consideration of the applicant's ability in accordance with procedures set forth in the Personnel Plan.
Contents. There shall be a set of rules and regulations providing for the establishment of a system of personnel administration known as the "Personnel Plan." The plan shall include provisions with regard to classification, compensation, selection, training, promotion, grievances, discipline, vacations, retirement, and any other matters necessary to the maintenance of efficient service and proper working conditions.
Enactment. The Personnel Plan shall continue in force, subject to amendments submitted from time to time by the Manager, which shall become effective one month after the submission, unless vetoed by the Council within that period.
Elected officials, board and committee members, and appointed officers. The Personnel Plan shall not apply to any elected officials, board and commission members, and other officers appointed by the Council.
Job descriptions. Each employee shall be provided with a written job description prepared by the Manager and subject to Council review.
Elected and appointed officials. The compensation of all elected and appointed officials shall be established and modified by an affirmative vote of five councilors.
Changes in compensation of Council members. The rate of compensation of Council members may only be changed by a Charter amendment approved by the voters and shall not take effect until the first day of the next fiscal year.
Town employees. The compensation of all Town employees not fixed by other provisions of this Charter or collective bargaining shall be fixed in the Personnel Plan by a schedule of pay which shall include a minimum and maximum and such intermediate rates as may be deemed desirable for each class of position provided for in said plan.
Town Meeting authority to change salaries. In adopting the Town budget, the Town Meeting shall not increase or decrease any individual compensation item but shall act solely with respect to total salaries in the various departments of the Town.
No compensation shall be paid without certification by the Manager, or such others as he may direct, that the recipients are employed by the Town, and that their rates of compensation comply with approved pay rates.