April 23, 2009
BOARD MEETING DATE:
May 5, 2009
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Jean S. Fraser, Chief, Health System
Salary Ordinance Amendment related to 2009-10 budget hearings.
Adopt an Ordinance amending the salary ordinance reducing the position count in Correctional Services and San Mateo Medical Center divisions of the Health System.
Commitment: Ensure basic health and safety for all.
Goal 5: Residents have access to health care and preventive care.
The Salary Ordinance Amendment contributes to this commitment and goal by aligning Health System staffing to available resources.
This Salary Ordinance Amendment (SOA) is required in anticipation of the 2009-10 budget hearings that will be considered by your Board in June. The changes are recommended at this time, ahead of the regular budget hearing process, in order to achieve a full year of budgetary savings and to meet operational needs in the Probation Department and in the Correctional Services and San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) divisions of the Health System.
The SOA deletes eleven positions in two divisions of the Health System. Nine positions are filled. All permanent employees will be offered other positions. Employees in unclassified or other temporary positions will be released from County service consistent with applicable Memoranda of Understanding and Civil Service rules.
The SOA reduces the staffing for Correctional Services within its unit providing food service to County institutions. The reductions support changes to the food preparation and delivery system at the Youth Services Center which reflect operational changes within the Probation Department. It is hoped that employees will be assigned to other positions in the County. In addition skill assessments for matching employees to other County vacancies will be conducted and early retirement options are being assessed to avoid a layoff situation.
The SOA reduces the staffing in the Clinical Trials unit at SMMC. That unit was designed to be fully self sustaining; the research grants that support the deleted positions end at the end of June 2009. Permanent employees will be assigned to other positions in the Health System and employees in unclassified or other temporary positions will be released from County service consistent with applicable Memoranda of Understanding and Civil Service rules.
The SOA also reduces one Utility Worker position at SMMC. The position was a part of the transportation team that was discontinued earlier this year. The position is filled and another position will be offered to the employee.
The SOA supports development of the Health System FY 2009-10 Recommended Budget. The Correctional Services reduction will reduce the Probation Department’s food services costs by about $389,000 to help Probation meet Net County Cost targets. The SMMC reduction will reduce the Net County Cost by about $500,000. These reductions are included in the FY 2009-10 Health System Recommended Budget.