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City alters hiring process to save time
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Despite the objections of one city employee labor group, the Ceres City Council adopted a policy July 26 which will allow the city to hire temporary employees without advertising open positions to the outside world.

All but one employee group approved the idea. The Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit didn't like the proposed policy, said Borges, because of the fear that temporary employees might be able to beat out regular full-time employees seeking a promotion or job change.

The council voted 5-0 to change the policy. Department heads and the city manager now have the option to advertise to fill positions or consider temporary employees or regular full-time employees for city jobs. Borges said the move will allow those temporary employees who have already been trained for the job to apply for any open city jobs "so we don't skip a beat."

The old policy required temporary employees to compete with those seeing the job posted outside of City Hall.

In May the council consented to the idea of hiring in-house trained reserve police officers and firefighters for regular full-time positions without posting the jobs and going through a competitive application process. Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges, who is the city's acting human resources manager, suggested the change to save time and advertising costs.