(Lander, Wyo.) – A portion of Monday’s Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District was spent discussing possible changes to personnel policies.
The changes were brought up following a recent meeting between members of the board and a representative of the Local Government Liability Pool insurance.
Board member Jeff Hermansky said the LGLP representative suggested paring down the district’s personnel policies and moving more of those items into guidelines. Hermansky said the thought was that policies can put the district in a corner, but guidelines are more defensible in court. This is because it gives management more flexibility in its actions rather than creating the possibility of failing to follow policy.
The district’s attorney, Rick Sollars, also suggested the board get rid of the at-will statement in its policies. He said the district tends to practice for-cause terminations not at-will. He noted the policy manual has both for-cause and at-will statements. Sollars believed a court would focus on the for-cause statements rather than the at-will statements. He said if the district isn’t acting as an at-will employer, the statement should be removed.
Several of the board members were in favor of moving much of the policies to guidelines, but not everyone liked the idea. Mike Morgan called the move “a polite fiction.” He said this would make the district’s policies still enforceable but with a label change. Steve Baumann agreed.
“I’m not sold on this idea yet,” Morgan said.
“All we’re doing is smoke and mirrors,” Baumann said. “I can’t get my head wrapped around that.”
Sollars said it ultimately comes down to how much control the board wants when it comes to personnel management.
The board directed Superintendent Andy Frey to draft the changes and present them to the board at a later date.