Civil Service Workshop – 2018

TENTATIVE AGENDA. Topics and speakers subject to change. This workshop will focus on Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code

Thursday, February 8


8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

9:00–9:15 a.m.
TMHRA President Lisa J. Norris, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources/Civil Service Director, City of Grand Prairie

9:15–10:30 a.m.
Workers Compensation Changes Impacting First Responders
This course will cover current workers’ compensation laws and statutes regarding Presumption. Ricky will focus on
Texas Government Code 607.055 and 607.052 and will discuss several important Appeals Panel Cases, including eligibility and recent legislation.
Ricky D. Green, Law Offices of Ricky D. Green

10:30–11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

TRACK 1: Civil Service 101: Back to the Basics
Jerris Mapes, Assistant City Attorney, City of Killeen

TRACK 2: Evaluating Mental and Physical Fitness Under Chapter 143.081 and ADAAA

Because it is important for members of the Fire Department and Police Department to remain fit in a physical and mental capacity to ensure safety and efficient service to the City, the process of evaluating their mental and physical fitness is also important. If a firefighter or police officer’s mental or physical fitness is in question, the appropriate processes must be followed. This presentation will discuss those issues in some detail.

Session Learning Objectives:
Knowledge of the review process if a firefighter’s or police officer’s mental or physical fitness is in question under Chapter 143.081
Bradley W. Howard, Attorney, Brown & Fortunato, P.C.

12:15–1:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30–2:30 p.m.

TRACK 1: Civil Service 101: Common Pitfalls of Chapter 143
This presentation will address a handful of issues the commonly arise in the civil service context. The presentation will be a panel format staff by a Chief of Police, an HR and Civil Service Director, and Civil Service Legal Counsel. The issues presented will be addressed from the perspective of each panelist.
Moderator: Ricardo J. Navarro, Managing Partner, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech, P.C.
Panelists: Chase Stapp,  Chief of Police, City of San Marcos, and Linda Spacek, Director of Human Resources, City of San Marcos

TRACK 2: A Tale of a City: Lubbock’s Encounter with the Department of Justice in the Midst of a Manpower Crisis
Greg Stevens, Chief of Police, City of Lubbock

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Networking Break

3:00–4:00 p.m.

TRACK 1: Civil Service 101: Progressive Discipline in a Chapter 143 Environment
The session will cover Disciplinary Actions under Ch. 143 of the Texas Local Government Code and record keeping as pertains to Ch. 143 Disciplinary Actions, including the differences between the files maintained pursuant to §143.089 (a) and §143.089 (g) and the disposition of the sub-section “g” file when a new administration takes over a police department.
Michael Siemer, Assistant City Attorney III, City of San Antonio

TRACK 2: Help! We have a Civil Service Appeal Hearing — What are the Commissioners/Arbitrators Looking for?
This session will outline for chiefs and civil service directors the procedures to follow for a successful hearing. The presentation will address the legal requirements, practical considerations, and other issues to consider before your city has a hearing in front of a civil service commission or a third-party hearing examiner.
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP

4:00–5:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by TMHRA and Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP

Friday, February 9


8:00–9:00 a.m.

9:00–10:15 a.m.
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.
Bettye Lynn, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP

10:15–10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.–Noon
Legal Update — Continued
Bettye Lynn, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP


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