The City of Jackson's Department of Personnel Management provides a comprehensive program of principal support for city departments, employees, and the public in planning, coordinating, and implementing Human Resources and Risk Management policies and practices, based on fairness and equality.You can reach the Department of Personnel Management by telephone at (601) 960-1053, by fax at (601) 960-1043, by TDD at 1-800-582-2233, and by mail at PO Box 17, Jackson, MS 39204-0017. Our offices are located at 711 West Capitol Street in the Atmos Building. The office is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications may be picked up in Suite 109 on the first floor.
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The City of Jackson retains the right to exercise customary managerial functions including the rights to dismiss, assign, supervise and discipline employees; to determine and change starting time, quitting time, work days, and work shifts; to transfer employees within their work unit or into other work units and other classifications; to determine and change the size of and qualifications of the work-force; to establish, change, and abolish its policies, practices, rules, and regulations; to determine and change operating methods; to contract and subcontract; to assign duties to employees in accordance with the needs and requirements determined by the City of Jackson; and to carry out all ordinary administrative functions.
The City of Jackson recognizes that its commitment to equal employment opportunity entails the responsibility to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to obtain a representation of diverse groups, women and persons with disabilities among city employees by taking affirmative action to increase the representation of diverse groups, women, and persons with disabilities in the city work force as appropriate.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the City of Jackson to employ, retain, promote, terminate, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, and competence. This policy shall be applied without regard to any individual’s gender, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, age, marital status, and disability, so long as bona-fide occupational qualifications are met.
For their own protection and in the interest of fellow workers and the public served, employees must learn and follow all established safety practices as fully set out in the most recent edition of the Employees’ Safety Manual. The Employees’ Safety Manual is provided to each new employee, and copies are also available from the Risk Management Division of the Department of Personnel Management.
The City encourages its employees to continue job-related training and education. Regular full-time employees with one year or more continuous service are eligible for reimbursement for tuition (not fully covered by other scholarship, veteran’s benefits, grants, etc.) for completion of approved post-high school education provided:
- The source is given by a State of Mississippi accredited college or vocational school, unless it is a unique course of study unavailable in Mississippi and approval is received from the Department Director, Department of Personnel Management, and Mayor’s Office;
- The employee has received advance written approval for reimbursement from the Department Director and the Department of Personnel Management;
- The employee passes the course with a grade of “C” or better for undergraduate courses and a “B” or better for graduate courses;
- The employee, after successful completion of the course(s), submits an official copy of grade(s) earned, verification that payment for the course(s) has been made, and the method of payment;
- They are still employed by the City of Jackson at completion of the course(s);
- Reimbursement for tuition expenses may not exceed the amount allowed per employee as established from time-to-time by the Mayor’s Office and the City Council. Allowance shall not accumulate;
- Employees who receive tuition reimbursement are obligated to work for the City of Jackson a minimum of six (6) months following course completion or to repay to the City the amount of tuition reimbursement received.
City offices shall be closed in recognition of eight (8) holidays each year. Specific holidays to be observed are:
· New Year’s Day
· Martin Luther King’s Birthday
· Memorial Day
· Independence Day
· Labor Day
· Thanksgiving Day
· Friday after Thanksgiving Day
· Christmas Day
All full-time employees shall accrue annual vacation leave (including 8 hours of birthday vacation leave) semi-monthly according to the length of service as shown below. Police and Fire Departments have specific procedures regarding accrual and use of vacation leave; employees of these departments should consult their department handbooks.
Health and Insurance
The City shall maintain group health insurance plans for all eligible employees.
Eligible employees include all regular full-time employees, all regular part-time employees who work an average of 20 or more hours per week, and all school crossing guards employed prior to July 1, 1993, regardless of hours worked.
Employees will be asked to share in the cost of such plans.
The City reserves the right to change carriers, modify covered benefits, or make any other changes to group insurance plans as necessary to serve the best interest of the City.