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The City establishes a program of awards to stimulate and reward suggestions and distinguished service of city employees which are of benefit to the City. Participation therein shall be limited to nonmanagement employees unless specifically provided otherwise. The following categories of awards are established:

(1) “Suggestion” Awards.

(a) To be eligible for a monetary award, a suggestion must make possible an elimination or reduction of City expenditures without substantially impairing an existing city service.

(b) Employees shall not be eligible for an award for suggestions pertaining to subjects assigned for research or development or for problems assigned for solution for which such employee would normally be expected to offer in the line of duty.

(c) The suggestion must propose a change which was not under active consideration by the City department affected at the time the suggestion was made.

(d) If duplicate suggestions are submitted, only the first received shall be eligible for an award.

(e) A suggestion which has been put into effect by the City department concerned must be submitted for award consideration within 60 days of its adoption; provided, that this requirement may be waived by the City Council upon recommendation by the City Manager.

(f) Each employee submitting a suggestion shall execute the following agreement: “In consideration of my participation in the suggestion award program I hereby agree that the use by the City of Pasco of my suggestion concerning . . . shall not be the basis of a claim of any nature against the City of Pasco by me, my heirs, executors or assigns.”

(g) The total amount of a money award shall be 10 percent of the net first year savings (as determined by the City Manager), but not more than $5,000.

(h) Appropriate commendation of an employee whose adopted suggestion does not merit a money award may be approved by the City Manager.

(2) Safe Driving Awards.

(a) To be eligible an employee must have been employed on a full-time basis and responsible for operation of a City-owned vehicle on a routine basis and integral to their job classification, as determined by the City Manager. Such an employee without a preventable accident shall receive a monetary award not exceeding the amount prescribed herein below for the respective period of consecutive years:

(i) Five years: $150.00;

(ii) Ten years: $250.00;

(iii) Fifteen years: $350.00;

(iv) Twenty years: $500.00.

(3) Attendance Awards. Each full-time employee using zero sick leave hours during a 12-consecutive-month period shall receive a monetary award not exceeding $50.00 in value.

(4) Continuous Service Awards.

(a) Continuous service awards shall be available to both full and part-time employees, including management employees.

(b) Each employee completing continuous City service in increments of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years shall receive an award not exceeding $250.00 in value.

(5) Employee of the Year. The City Manager shall establish a procedure for the selection of an “employee of the year” for both the uniformed police officers and the uniformed firefighters. In addition, the City Manager shall establish a process for the selection of “employee(s) of the year” for the nonmanagement employees outside of the uniformed police and fire services. The winners of such awards in any calendar year shall be entitled to take an additional day of vacation outside of their regularly accrued vacation in the calendar year subsequent to the announcement of the award. [Ord. 3115 § 1, 1995; Ord. 2978 § 1, 1993; Ord. 2942 § 1, 1993; Ord. 2733 §§ 1, 2, 1989; Ord. 2717 § 1, 1989; Code 1970 § 2.43.010.]