Civil Service Agenda

March 25, 2021

— Tentative Agenda —

Sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice. Please check the app for current updates.


8:30 -8:45 a.m.
Welcome and TMHRA Update

TMHRA President, Paula Kutchka, Director of Human Resources, City of Sugar Land
8:45-10:00 a.m.
Civil Service and Mental Health (EAP is Not Enough)
Morgan Young, Vice President of Client Service, Holmes Murphy, and Dan Philips, National Director, Responder Health 
10:10–10:35 a.m.
Sponsor Networking Break

10:45 a.m.–Noon
GENERAL SESSION – Carrot vs Stick (Use/Misuse of Sick Leave)

Chief David Zacherl, Fire Chief, City of Texas City and Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross |Gannaway, PLLC
Noon–1:00 p.m.
Lunch, Networking Lounge, Sponsor Visits
1:15–2:15 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION – Assessment Centers and COVID-19 Challenges

Bruce Ure, President, The Ure Consulting Group
2:15–2:40 p.m.
Sponsor Networking Break
2:45-3:45 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION – The Role of the Commissioner and Their Relationship with the Civil Service Director

Jerris Mapes, Assistant City Attorney, City of Baytown
4:00-5:15 p.m. GENERAL SESSION – Legal Update

Bettye will present her annual survey of Chapter 143 Civil Service developments. She will focus on recent court and hearing examiner decisions that have resulted in new and interesting developments of interest to all civil service practitioners. Bettye will also be providing suggestions to all involved in the civil service disciplinary process on how to avoid the pitfalls of the “gotcha cards” that representatives of disciplined employees have begun unleashing on unwary management officials. Speaker: Bettye Lynn, Attorney, Lynn Law, PLLC