Bill No.                28-12                        

Concerning: Personnel – Merit System Review Commission – Amendments           

Revised:    9/13/2012        Draft No. 1  

Introduced:      October 16, 2012           

Enacted:         November 27, 2012        

Executive:       December 5, 2012          

Effective:        March 6, 2013                

Sunset Date:  None                             

Ch.   24    , Laws of Mont. Co.    2012    


County Council

For Montgomery County, Maryland


By: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee


AN ACT to:

(1)   eliminate the requirement that the Council appoint the Merit System Review Commission every 4 years; and

(2)   generally amend the personnel law.


By amending

            Montgomery County Code

            Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources

Section 33-5



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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:

          Sec. 1.  Section 33-5 is amended as follows:

33-5. Statement of legislative intent; merit system principles; statement of purpose; merit system review commission; applicability of article.

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(d)     Merit system review commission.

(i)      In addition to the [county council's] County Council’s legislative responsibilities [authorized] under [sections] Sections 101 and 401 of the [county charter] County Charter, the Council, as necessary, may appoint [there shall be convened no later than July 1, 1980, and, if determined necessary in each instance by county council resolution, subsequently at intervals of four (4) years,] a [merit system review commission, the functions of which are to] Merit System Review Commission by resolution. 

(ii)     The Commission’s duties are to:

(A)    strengthen the system of checks and balances among those officials and agencies of county government having merit system responsibilities; and [to]

(B)     examine and recommend legislative or administrative revision to the merit system in keeping with the intent of the [county charter] Charter and this [article] Article and with new developments in the field of public administration and personnel management.

(iii)    The [commission shall be an eleven-member body composed of] Commission has 11 members who are appropriately qualified [county citizens] County residents [and established by a resolution of the county council]. The [county executive shall] Executive must appoint [five (5) of the] 5 members [of this commission and the county council shall] and the Council must appoint the remaining members.

(iv)    Each [commission shall terminate] Commission terminates after it [renders to the county council] submits its final report to the Council.

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