Agenda Item 5B
Drummer. Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 19-14, Personnel- Regulations - Hiring Preference - County
Bill 19-14, Personnel Regulations - Hiring Preference - County Residents, sponsored
by Councilmember Branson, is scheduled to be introduced on March 18,2014. A public hearing
is tentatively scheduled for April 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Bill 19-14 would require the Executive to adopt a Personnel Regulation establishing a
preference for the initial hiring of a County resident if the resident is rated the same as a person
who is not a County resident after all other preferences have been applied. The Bill would apply
to a merit system position that is not in any bargaining unit.
Md. Local Government Code Ann. §1-201 prohibits a County from requiring an
employee to reside in the County as a condition of employment. Section 1-201 also authorizes a
... grant a resident of the State, county, or municipality additional points or credits
in employment or promotion decisions if the points or credits are provided in
accordance with a merit system established by the county or municipality by local
law or ordinance.
The County Personnel Regulations currently provide a hiring preference for certain
persons with a disability and certain veterans. Bill 16-14 would establish a residency preference
in the initial hiring for an unrepresented merit position that would only apply to a person in the
highest rating category to break a tie with a non-resident after all other preferences are applied.