AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN POSITIONS IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY OF NORTHAMPTON FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
(a) The mayor of the city of Northampton shall be the
appointing authority for all sworn firefighter positions including
the fire chief. All firefighter positions in the city of Northampton covered
by this act shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws.
(b) Pursuant to the collective bargaining agreements between the city of
Northampton and the International Association of Fire Fighters (I.A.F.F.) and
the Northampton Deputy Fire Chiefs' Association (N.D.F.C.A.), effective
July 1, 2004, the following employees shall be covered by this act and the code
of ordinances of the city of Northampton:
(1) all firefighters, firefighter/EMT's, fire inspectors,
(2) all fire captains, and
(3) all deputy fire chiefs.
Notwithstanding chapter 250 of the acts of 1883, any
other general or special law or any ordinance of the city of Northampton to
the contrary, appointments, promotions, disciplinary actions and terminations
of all sworn fire personnel in the city of Northampton shall be conducted in
conformity with such requirements as may be set forth in: (a) a collective
bargaining agreement; (b) an employment contract in effect between the city
and the individual; or (c) the personnel policies of the city of Northampton
and the Northampton fire department.
Each incumbent employee who has the present status of
permanent civil service employee in the fire department shall retain this civil
service status until the employee no longer serves in that position.