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Welcome to the City of Boise You have joined an amazing group of people who are genuinely excited and proud to serve our great city. We are humbled and honored to have an opportunity through the work we do to positively affect the lives of our citizens and to make a difference in our community. Now that you have joined us, you too have the opportunity to do great things by contributing to the success of our city and helping shape its future.

helpful information in this handbook, but especially our vision, mission a nd values. Why? These are not just empty catch phrases no one knows or cares about. We consciously use our vision, mission and values to drive our dayto-day and long-term decision-making. This keeps us all pulling in the same direction and focused on the same outcome -Making Boise the Most Livable C  ity in the Country!

In order to understand our internal culture, please spend a few moments getting acquainted with all of the

Mayor David Bieter


TO ALL THE AMAZING EMPLOYEE S OF THE GREAT CIT Y OF BOISE

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO MAKE BOISE THE MOST LIVABLE CIT Y IN THE COUNTRY.


GREETINGS

We're Glad You're Here! You will notice this handbook that we affectionately refer to as the “MINI MONTY” is a bit unique. We are not going to bore you with hundreds of pages of legalese-filled policies and regulations governing every conceivable employment subject known to humankind. Instead, we are presenting you with this abbreviated, light-hearted edition covering the subjects we believe you care about most and need to know as you begin employment with us. Now don’t panic – the hundreds of pages of legalese-filled policies and regulations are still alive and well, and you can see all of them in our “FULL MONTY” version of our employee handbook. In case you were wondering, the term “full monty” is British slang that refers to something in its entirety, the whole thing, the works. What did you think it meant?

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LIV Tre e Visio n , M is si o n & Va l u es B it s A b o ut B o is e

N OW T H AT YO U ’ R E H E R E 14 14 15 16 17

H ow To Ac t H ow To D re s s O u r Li ngo S afet y T i m e & At te n d a n ce

COMP & BENNIES 20 21 22 24

Pay D ay H e lp i n g Yo u T h r i ve B a n g - U p B e n efit s Pa i d & U n p a i d Le ave

DO’S, DON’TS & DOH’S 32 32 33 35 36 37 37

M o o n li g ht i n g H i r i n g Re l at i ve s Te ch i e Stu f f Driving D at i n g , Ro m a n ce & O t h e r Cl os e En co u nte rs Al co h o l & D r u g s To b a cco & Va p e

DOING BUSINESS 40 C it y G ove r n m e nt 4 2 N o C o nt ra c t s 4 4 C it y D e p a r t m e nt s

S E R I O U S LY S P E A K I N G 48 50 53 54 55 55 56

Et h i c s S exu a l H a ra s s m e nt & D is cr i m i n at i o n I nte ll e c tu a l Pro p e r t y Ch i l d & S exu a l A b u s e Re p o r t i n g Po lit ic s W h is t l e b l ow i n g D is cl a i m e r

Table of Contents

LIV IT UP


T H I S I S H OW A

C I T Y F LO U R I S H E S

CREATE LASTING ENVIRONMENTS

CULTIVATE INNOVATIVE ENTERPRISES

BUILD VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

Recognize, protect, and

Work with individuals,

Engage citizens and organi-

improve the health and

nonprofits and businesses

zations to spark new con-

sustainability of all our

to encourage creativity

nections, inspire exploration

activities, our connections

and collaboration that

and strengthen Boise’s rich,

to one another, and our

will promote economic

community-minded spirit.

natural resources.

prosperity and  improve lives.


Our Vision Making Boise the Most Livable City in the Country!

Our Mission Create LASTING environments, cultivate INNOVATIVE enterprises and build VIBRANT communities to achieve our vision.

Our Values ONE CITY, ONE TEAM – FOR THE GREATEST GOOD

CITIZEN EXPERIENCE WITH ‘WOW’ Boise deserves a responsive city government. Our people are empowered to offer creative solutions and experiences that go above and beyond to make citizens literally say ‘Wow.’ THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN’T DO BETTER We reject the bureaucratic response: That’s the way we’ve always done it. We will question our own processes in an atmosphere of trust and risk-taking to deliver measurably better results. From the bottom up, we remove barriers to happiness, prosperity and livability for all our citizens.

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We are a single team aligned around a singular vision: Making Boise the Most Livable City in the Country. We employ and reward bright, motivated and passionate team players who connect directly to this vision. When there are competing points of view, we collaborate to deliver the greatest good  for our citizens.


BITS ABOUT BOISE

The City of Trees 1. Present day city hall is located in an area once known as Levy’s Alley which served as Boise’s red light district. 2. We employed a female police officer as early as 1930. 3. In 1868 Boise had two churches, two banks, three hotels, four physicians, and 20 saloons.

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4. Our first fire station located at 619 Main Street burned to the ground in September of 1883. 5. In 1969 any of the following would have disqualified you from police or fire employment: offensive breath, multiple cavities, offensive body odor, obesity, and not enough teeth to adequately chew food. 6. Some of the causes of death listed in the Morris Hill Cemetery’s first burial records from the 1800’s include murder, dropsy, poison, falling tree, falling rock, and rickets gathering in the head. 7. The original Natatorium on Warm Springs Avenue was a 6-story building with a 122 x 64 foot plunge pool. It had an artificial waterfall that went over a 40-foot lava rock diving platform and a two-story copper slide. 8. The original plat for the City of Boise was 10 blocks. The area boundaries are today 5th, 10th, Grove, and Idaho Streets. 9. During World War II, more than 6,000 men were stationed at Gowen Field, including actor Jimmy Stewart.

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HOW TO ACT

No Drama Please No, we don’t plan to send you to Hollywood and we’re not referring to the method acting class you took in college; we’re referring to your behavior. Whether you work in the City Attorney’s Office, Code Compliance, DFA, or one of our water renewal facilities, our expectation regarding your behavior is the same: We expect you to be professional, courteous, and respectful at all times. Wow, can you believe how simple that is?

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HOW TO DRE SS

One Size Does Not Fit All Positions and duties across departments vary greatly, so a onesize-fits-all dress code doesn’t work. However, there are some basic standards everyone is expected to meet. First, clothes are required at all times. Clothes should be clean and stain free; tear and wrinkle free; not too baggy; not too snug; and must completely cover everything the people you work with should never see. Second, in regard to cleanliness, we believe that it’s important for you to be seen and heard, but not odor emitting. So please keep yourself clean and free of body odor (BO). Third, if you are fortunate enough to have hair, please keep it clean and combed. If you are the free-spirited type and choose to sport an unusual hair color, we recommend a shade that compliments your skin tone, uniform, and body art.

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OUR LINGO

Acronym Overload During the course of a normal work day you will be exposed to a flood of acronyms and abbreviations. Here is a brief, but not all-inclusive sample of some of our best phraseology.

CH1 = City Hall #1 Front half of City Hall

BMC

CH2 = City Hall #2

Boise Municipal Code AKA City Code. (AKA means also known as)

CHW

CYA

Southeast quarter of City Hall City Hall West-Police and Fire department offices

Cover Your Assets

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (We think CYA and PPE go well together)

OMG

PO

Oh My Gosh (hopefully you won’t see this a lot)

LIV

Lasting, Innovative, and Vibrant (our abbreviated mission) BUGS

Boise Urban Garden School (fits right?) EMT

Executive Management Team (Our fearless leaders)

Purchase Order

CB

ConnectBoise

PRR

Public Records Request JK

Just Kidding (not meant to be taken seriously) WBWRF

ISD

West Boise Water Renewal Facility (You thought we were making this one up didn’t you?)

PW

EAP

PIO

Boise Fire Department (Fooled you again, didn’t we?)

P-Card

AFJ

Internal Service Departments (CE, DFA, HR, IT, Legal) Public Works (PU might be more appropriate)

Public Information Officer Purchasing Card

Employee Assistance Program

BFD

Absolute Favorite Job (Congratulations, you just found it!)

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ASAP

As Soon as Possible (you’ll see this a lot)


SAFET Y

Slips, Trips and Falls... Oh My! We’ve all heard the slogans, “Safety First!,” “Safety is Something You Can Live With,” “Safety is Something You Can’t Live Without.” Now don’t turn the page; we aren’t going to bombard you with endless safety rules. Instead we’re just going to spin a few basics for you.

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Watch where you’re going. This applies to walking, sitting, driving, biking, scooting, crawling, (blah, blah, blah). Never touch a frozen metal pole with your tongue – even if someone triple dog dares you. In case of fire, proceed to the nearest exit BEFORE tweeting about it. Then follow your coworkers to your assigned reporting location so we know you’re safe. In case of an earthquake drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on! Do not run outside, stand in a doorway, or stop to take a shaking #selfie. When driving, DO wear your seatbelt; do NOT text or upload pics to social media of yourself inside a city rig. During a lightning storm, DO seek shelter indoors; do NOT seek shelter under a tree or point to the sky with your seven-iron. Do report accidents immediately; do not run with scissors. Do use proper lifting techniques; try not to expose a plumber’s crack. Never stick your finger into a light socket without licking it first. Just kidding! Don’t really do this. Not ever! We just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.

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TI ME & AT TENDANCE

Be There or Be Square Our philosophy is this: When you are scheduled to be at work, we expect you to be at work. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Just because we are government doesn’t mean it has to be complicated.

BREAKS (ADULT RECESS—YAY!) Generally speaking, if you are in a full-time non-exempt (hourly) position, you are eligible for two 15-minute breaks – one to be used during each half of your workday. Your supervisor may also authorize a 30- or 60-minute meal break. REPORTING WORK TIME If you are in a non-exempt (hourly) position, you are expected to clock-in and clock-out each day. You may also be expected to clock-in and clock-out for your meal break. Be sure to ask your supervisor where and when you need to clock-in and clock-out and please don’t work any overtime unless your supervisor tells you it is okay beforehand. They get fussy about those kinds of things. If you are in an exempt (salaried) position, you are expected to record all of your exception time in the city’s timekeeping system. “Exception time” means all time off and all hours worked over 40 during your work week. Different requirements may apply to directors, senior managers and command staff.

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WORK SCHEDULE How is your schedule determined? Your schedule depends on your position as well as the business needs of the department. In some cases, a flexible schedule that allows you to start or end your workday outside the standard 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday schedule is an option. Another option may be to compress your 40-hour workweek into four days. Again, the nature of your position and business needs will determine if these are options for you.


PAY DAY

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Show Me the Money! Show you what? Really? You just got here and you are already asking about money! Is that all we are to you - a paycheck? Of course you want to know when you get paid! Who doesn’t? You will be paid on a biweekly basis. No, that does not mean you’ll be paid twice a week; it means you will be paid every two weeks. To be more precise, you will be paid on alternate Wednesdays. Generally speaking, we do not issue paper pay checks, so just give us a canceled deposit slip or check and we will set you up on automatic deposit. There are no envelopes to open, there’s no hurrying to the bank before it closes, and no lost paychecks. The funds just magically appear in your account on payday. If you want to see your pay stub, you can access it through our intranet, BoiseHome. BTW, if you are wondering if giving us a canceled deposit slip or check allows us to deduct money from your account, or see your account balances, don’t worry—it doesn’t. However, if you would like to give us that access, just add our name to your account; we’ll be happy to help spend your money.

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HELPING YOU THRIVE

You were hired because we believe you can accomplish great things. So how will you know if you are accomplishing great things? One way you WON’T know is from an awkward once-a-year meeting with your supervisor (AKA the annual performance review). Why not? Because we don’t do ‘em. We believe you deserve more than 20 minutes of your supervisor’s time once a year and want you to do your best and thrive at work. That’s why we implemented ConnectBoise! ConnectBoise is not a performance evaluation tool. It is a leadership approach designed to engage, grow, and recognize employees. With ConnectBoise you can expect regular 1:1 meetings with your supervisor to discuss your achievements, identify roadblocks and provide you the support needed to be successful. You also have the opportunity to be rewarded for your performance achievements year round. Not bad, eh?

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The ConnectBoise Way


BA N G - U P B E N E F I T S*

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Sign Me Up! Our fringe benefits aren’t just good – they’re AMAZING! In fact, the substantial cost savings you get from our benefits is part of your total compensation package. HEALTH (MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR VISION) COVERAGE Health coverage is expensive, right? Well, not ours! We award you “flex credits” to help cover the cost of your health coverage. How sweet is that? We also offer you multiple opportunities to earn additional credits through our wellbeing program, Boise Healthy Life. Pretty great, huh? BOISE HEALTHY LIFE Boise Healthy Life offers a variety of health-promoting activities and services to assist you in establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many elements of the program are offered at no charge, such as annual health screenings and flu shots. Membership to the gym at the Fort Boise Community Center is also free (subject to taxes) and you can always climb our stairs for free! *Not applicable to some employee categories.

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RETIREMENT Traditional employer-sponsored retirement plans (AKA “pension plans”) have all but vanished from the list of benefits most companies offer today. As a matter of fact, only about 7% of companies surveyed in recent years still offer traditional retirement plans to new employees. So when we say our benefits are AMAZING we aren’t kidding because we have an employersponsored retirement plan! SNAP!

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) Another popular benefit is our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides confidential short-term professional counseling at no cost to you. Why? Because to us, you’re not just an employee; you are a person. EAP can help with a wide range of life’s ups-and-downs including emotional, marital, or other family issues, financial matters, as well as potentially life-threatening issues like drug and alcohol dependency and legal problems. OTHER FRINGES Your total compensation package includes other valuable benefits too, such as paid leave and 10 paid holidays (see Paid & Unpaid Leave section), a flexible spending program, life insurance, longterm disability insurance, post-employment health savings plan, and free access to Valley Regional Transit bus service, etc.

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Our retirement plan is through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI). Under PERSI both you and the city contribute to fund your retirement nest egg. In addition to PERSI retirement, you have the option of contributing to various deferred compensation plans, and we provide a match. How amazing is that?


PAID & UNPAID LEAVE

Vacation, Here I Come!

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You’ve heard the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Well, the last thing we want is for you to become dull, so we are happy to offer paid vacation and holiday benefits. VACATION For most, vacation leave is accrued at the rate of approximately eight hours per month, which equates to *12 days per year. That’s almost 2 1/2 work weeks! Whoo hoo! Now, before you push the “BUY NOW” button on that non-refundable ticket to paradise, please make sure your supervisor has approved your time off. After all, we don’t want your ticket to go to paradise without you. HOLIDAYS In addition to *12 days of paid vacation, we also give you *nine days off with pay for select holidays, plus a bonus floating holiday for a total of *ten additional paid days off. When you combine your vacation leave and holiday leave, you are getting *22 paid days off per year. That is more than four (40-hour) workweeks per year-BAM! Our observed holidays are New Year’s Day, Idaho Human Rights (MLK Jr.) Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. *Calculation based on a regular full-time employee who works five eight-hour days per week.

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SICK LEAVE So what happens if you get sick and can’t come to work? Like when the fish you ate for dinner is fighting to get out the same way it got in. Well, when this happens you can use your accrued sick leave; that’s what it’s for. However, if it is one of those days when you’re just sick of getting up early or you’d rather go to the movies, too bad because that is NOT what sick leave is for. On those days you need to get your tush off the cush and get to work. After all, that’s why we hired you. ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) What happens if you miss work and you are not on an approved leave? Well, if this happens you will be considered absent without leave, AKA AWOL. Do you know what happens to people who are AWOL? No? Great, let’s keep it that way.


COUNTER CLOCKWISE: • In the late 1800’s Boise’s volunteer fire department worked from a blacksmith shop on Main Street between 6th and 7th Streets. • 1893 Boise opened its new City Hall located on the southeast corner of 8th Street and Idaho. • Interior of the original Natatorium complete with rock diving platform, slide and log. • Boise City’s Original Seal.


COUNTER CLOCKWISE: • Central Station, located at 6th and Idaho, was built in 1903 and still stands today. • Main Street looking west from 6th Street in the late 1800s. • In June 1905, Boise opened the Carnegie Public Library at 815 W. Washington Street thanks to a grant from Andrew Carnegie. • Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery is the final resting place of 247 enlisted men, officers, officers’ family members, and civilians.


COUNTER CLOCKWISE: • In 1925 spectators lined up to welcome the first passenger train to arrive at the Boise Depot. • Mid Century Boise police officers. • In 1948 Boise City Hall moved from the southeast corner of 8th and Idaho Streets to the southwest corner of 6th and Bannock Streets currently occupied by Givens Pursley. • Municipal pool in 1953.


COUNTER CLOCKWISE: • Beginning construction of Ann Morrison Park in 1959. • Boise Airport in 1976. • In 1976 City Hall moved to its current location on Capitol Blvd. between Main and Idaho Streets. • The Boise Greenbelt in the late 1980’s.


MOONLIGHTING

It Can’t Eclipse Your AFJ

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We don’t prohibit you from having a second job; however, we do expect you to treat your position with us as your AFJ (absolute favorite job) and not let your moonlighting activities detract you from your AFJ responsibilities. Additionally, as a CYA you must inform your supervisor about any moonlighting gigs you have so we can make sure they don’t create a conflict of interest under our code of ethics.

HIRING RELATIVE S

Like Marrying Them, It’s Against the Law Because this is such a great place to work, you’d probably like us to hire all your relatives. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. It’s not because we don’t like them – we bet they are great! The thing is, when it comes to hiring your relatives there’s a catch: If hiring a relative creates a supervisor/subordinate relationship, directly or indirectly, it’s a violation of Idaho State law. Hiring a relative in any position that has an auditing, financial or control relationship to your job would also be a violation of State law. So see, it’s not that we don’t like your relatives; we’re just not hip on breaking the law.

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TECHIE STUFF

Computer Use, Monitoring, and Privacy

Not only are we watching how you use our electronic resources, but we are also watching how much time you spend on various media. Although we do permit personal use of our information technology, we ask that you to limit your personal use to breaks, lunch, and other off-the-clock time. Is there any other conspiracy-generating information you need to know? Yes there is! As a member of our great organization you automatically and expressly waive any right of privacy in anything you create, save, send, or receive that involves city business. And just so you know, even messages and information involving our business sent via your personal media or equipment can be subject to disclosure through a public records request. Therefore, we discourage you from conducting any job related business from your personal media accounts or equipment.

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Are you a conspiracy theorist? Do you ever feel like somebody’s watching you? Is that song playing in your head right now? Well, guess what? We admit it, we are watching you! We monitor your use of our electronic equipment and media to ensure our resources are being used effectively, legally, and tastefully. For example, if your internet usage shows you spent time streaming the Real Housewives of Sweetlips, Texas or most any other reality TV show, we might argue that your internet use failed the “tasteful” test.


DRIVING

On the Job You are welcome to sign-out one of our sweet government rides to cruise around in when you are conducting city business, but before you step on the gas there are a few things you need to know. For example, before driving one of our sweet vehicles, you are required to pass an online driving safety course. You must also possess a valid driver’s license, wear your seatbelt, and obey all traffic laws. In addition to those common sense items, we have a few “STOP” signs for you to remember when using a city vehicle. • Do not pick up hitchhikers. • Do not transport family, friends or pets, or run personal errands. • Do not text or otherwise use a mobile device while driving. If you absolutely must take a call, pull off to the side of the road or use a hands-free device. • Do not challenge other drivers to drag race. • Do not vape, smoke, chew, dip, spit, snuff, snort, or eat tobacco. • Do not ask us to pay your speeding ticket. • Do not return a vehicle full of trash; do return it full of gas. • Do not drive into other vehicles, people, or property. • Do not leave the vehicle unlocked. • Do not listen to country music. If you do, you could wind up married to a Coal Miner’s Daughter named Delta Dawn from Luckenbach, Texas who’s wearing Tight Fittin’ Jeans and your entire life will become a #1 song and you will win a CMA Award. On second thought that’s pretty good. Do listen to country music – it rocks! BTW, when you drive a city vehicle remember you’re representing us, so always drive defensively, responsibly, and courteously. If you don’t we WILL hear about it; John Q. Public is always watching.

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DATING, ROMANCE & OTHER CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

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It’s Risky Business Having a romantic or sexual relationship or encounter with a coworker or other work-related colleague is risky business and highly discouraged. However, if you are bold enough to do it anyway and it doesn’t end well, don’t blame us; we told you so. If the mood suddenly changes and your close encounter has turned into a Nightmare on Elm Street, don’t blame us; we told you so. And if you lose your job because all the dirty details of your encounter or break-up played out on social media, creating a daytime drama in your department and disrupting business, don’t blame us; we told you so. Now, if you are a supervisor, you are not only discouraged from engaging in these relationships or close encounters with people you supervise (directly or indirectly), you are absolutely, positively, and without a doubt forbidden from doing so. However, if you are bold enough to do it anyway, we won’t say we told you so. We will simply ask you if that goodnight kiss was worth kissing your job goodbye. SMACK!

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ALCOHOL & DRUGS

Just Say No

TOBACCO & VAPE

Can We Bum a... Minute of your time to clear the air? It’s simple. If you are smoking it, chewing it, dipping it, vaping it, or consuming it in other ways, all we ask is that you do it in designated areas only, dispose of it properly, and limit your use to work breaks. S'nuff said.

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It’s not complicated. Don’t do illegal drugs, abuse prescription medication, or consume alcohol on the job. Don’t perform job duties under the influence, and don’t test positive for illegal drugs or alcohol during work hours. And for those of you who like to push the boundaries, let’s be clear, even if you purchased it legally in another state or it was prescribed legally in another state, if it’s not legal in Idaho, it’s a no-go here. Capiche?


CIT Y GOVERNMENT

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Getting Things Done In case you missed political science class on the day they covered city government, here’s a quick and dirty rundown on how we operate. MAYOR The Mayor is an elected nonpartisan full-time position that serves as the chief executive officer. Each of the city’s departments is led by a department director who reports directly to the mayor. David H. Bieter is our current Mayor. He is the smiling gentleman who welcomed you a few pages earlier. CITY COUNCIL Council has legislative powers and consists of six elected nonpartisan part-time positions. The acts of council are called ordinances and resolutions. Ordinances are formal legislative acts that are used when the council adopts a regulatory measure. Resolutions are motions adopted by the council used more for administrative matters.

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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM (EMT) Our overall initiatives and strategies are determined by our Executive Management Team (EMT). EMT is composed of each of the department directors and is led by the Mayor and the Mayor’s Chief Operating Officer. BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS Numerous boards and commissions composed of citizens and business partners exist across the city’s internal operating structure. These bodies serve primarily in an advisory capacity; however, some have decision-making authority. Now that you’ve made it through our crash course on city government, feel free to jump to the head of the class.

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CITY CODE The Boise city code consists primarily of ordinances that govern the city at large. It includes local business regulations, building and fire code regulations, police powers, zoning, etc. Boise city code also includes ordinances that set forth some of the city’s internal operating structure.


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NO CONTRACTS

Hello, Free Agent! We have two types of regular employment: probationary and at-will. Probationary employment includes a probationary period. This is the period when we spend time getting to know each other and deciding if a more lasting relationship is possible. Prior to or at the end of the probationary period, a decision is made to either continue the relationship or go our separate ways. At-will employment has no probationary period, so the door is always open. Our relationship can end at your discretion or our discretion, at any time, for any reason, and without notice. Have you heard people say that breaking up is hard to do? Well, if you’re in an at-will position, breaking up really isn’t hard to do.

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CIT Y DEPARTMENTS

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One City, One Team… So how cool is this? We operate an airport, a farm, a zoo, three cemeteries, a lab, three water renewal facilities, multiple libraries, 91 parks, an ice rink, two golf courses, more than 300 units of affordable housing, and we maintain a collection of world class art. We also save lives, arrest bad guys, administer GIS databases, extinguish fires, argue cases before the Idaho Supreme Court, and set the stage for our city’s economic, community, and cultural development. How’s that for an ultradiverse organization? Below is a list of our departments ranked alphabetically, not by the Mayor’s favorites.

Information Technology

Airport Arts & History

BPL

Library!

City Attorney

MO

Mayor’s Office

Community Engagement

Parks and Recreation

Finance & Administration

Planning & Development Services

Fire

Police

Human Resources

Public Works

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ETHIC S

Be Sure You Packed Your Moral Compass! There are a lot of perks that come with working for the city, but PLEASE don’t get your hand caught in the cookie jar. Correction: Please don’t PUT your hand in the cookie jar. To assist you in recognizing a cookie jar when you see one, we’ve created an ethics handbook to explain how our code of ethics may come into play during the course of your employment. The handbook addresses subjects like accepting gifts, business travel, conflicts of interest, moonlighting, etc. and can be found on the Ethics Commission page on BoiseHome. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the ethics handbook, you may request an opinion from our Ethics Commission regarding a specific issue you are facing. Our Ethics Commission was the first of its kind in Idaho and has proudly served as a model for cities across the country. Now that is something you can put into your cookie jar.

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT & DISCRIMINATION

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Just Don’t Go There We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so please don’t take yourself too seriously either. We want you to have fun at work. We want you to smile, laugh, and enjoy the people you work with…just not TOO much or at someone else’s expense. More specifically, we prohibit, ban, bar, forbid (get the picture?) any discriminatory or harassing behavior based on a person’s protected status. What is protected status? Protected status refers to religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, race, color, genetic information, or national origin. KEEP YOUR HANDS AND OTHER BODY PARTS TO YOURSELF No, this isn’t about a harmless hand shake or the almost obsolete high-five. This is about respecting personal boundaries. For example, you may be a hugger. A “hugger” is someone who greets everyone with a hug. Well, not everyone likes to be hugged and your hugs may make the huggee uneasy. So, in the spirit of respecting personal boundaries, you might consider changing from a hugger to a “bumper” (fist bumper). Not only will you look cool, but hopefully you won’t make anyone uncomfortable. Close-talkers, shoulder-squeezers, and knee slappers must use caution as well. Remember everyone’s personal boundaries are different, but all personal boundaries must be respected.

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USE CAUTION ON AND OFF THE CLOCK Just because you are off-the-clock or off city premises does not make it okay to engage in discriminatory or harassing behavior toward the people you associate with through work. We aren’t just talking about your coworkers either; this includes vendors, customers, and anyone you associate with in your city position. Whether you are out sippin’ suds with your coworkers after work or sharing a joke on social media with a vendor, make sure to keep it clean. This will keep you out of hot water.

One City, One Team - For The Greatest Good

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MIND YOUR MOUTH “Have you heard the one about …” STOP RIGHT THERE! Yes, we all like to tell jokes and stories that make people laugh and yes we want you to laugh and have fun at work. Our expectation, however, is that you keep it within reason. Expressing, displaying, or distributing derogatory or stereotypical comments, jokes or images based on a person’s protected status is a big NO, NO! So don’t just mind your mouth; make sure to think before you speak or act.


INTELLECTUAL PROPERT Y

We are proud that through innovative thinking we come up with some uber cool ideas. For example, did you know that the Dixie Drain Offset Project is the first of its kind in the United States? How cool is that? We are exceptionally proud of innovative ideas like this and want you to let your creative juices flow, but we also want to ensure you understand that any original works of authorship, inventions, or ideas, developed or prepared by you through your employment with us, or through the use of our facilities, falls under our ownership. No, we are not trying to be greedy; we just want to be up front about it. Innovate on!

There's Nothing We Can't Do Better

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What Happens in Boise, Stays in Boise


CHILD & SEXUAL ABUSE REPORTING

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We’re Depending on You, So Are They You’re probably surprised to see child abuse and sexual abuse as a topic in this handbook. The reason for their inclusion is that one of the ways we build vibrant communities is to offer numerous programs for children. Because children are our community’s future and greatest asset, we must do everything we can to protect them. Thousands of children participate in our programs, frequent our libraries and parks, visit our water renewal facilities, fire stations, etc. As an employee of our great city, you have a legal and ethical obligation to notify Child Protective Services within 24 hours or, in case of emergency, the police if you have reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen (18) years has been abused, abandoned, or neglected, or if you observe a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse, abandonment, or neglect. The term “abuse” includes all forms—physical, sexual, verbal, etc.

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POLITIC S

We’re Pro Suffrage and We Vote

WHISTLEBLOWING

When to Whistle While You Work There are times when keeping secrets isn’t good business. After all, how can we fix a problem if we do not know about it? This is why it is important for you to let us know when there is any funny business going on. Don’t worry about retaliation; we offer whistleblower protection making it a BIG no-no to retaliate against anyone for reporting a concern in good faith. Whistleblower protection does not, however, give you a free pass if you are breaking rules too. Like that would ever happen.

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Do you know the meaning of the words boondoggle, mollycoddle, or snollygoster? Or the difference between a hanging chad, dimpled chad, and pregnant chad? If you do, you’ll be happy to know we have no intention of denying your civil and political liberties; however, it is important for you to know what is and isn’t appropriate in regard to politics and your position with us. You absolutely have the right to personally support any candidate or legislative action you wish providing you do so as a private citizen outside of work hours. You may not, however, engage in political activities as our representative or while on duty unless it is part of your job duties, it forwards one of our initiatives, and you have approval from your department director.


The Disclaimer To End All Disclaimers No provision or portion of this handbook constitutes an implied or expressed contract, guarantee, or assurance of employment or any right to an employment-related or volunteer-related benefit or procedure. The city reserves the right to change, modify, eliminate, or deviate from any information or procedure in this handbook at any time and to otherwise manage its employees as it deems appropriate. This handbook cannot replace city ordinances, other laws, or the Full Monty Employee Handbook (Full Monty). Ordinances, laws and the Full Monty prevail over this handbook.

Revised March 2019


The End! “The End � is actually the beginning for you and your career here at the City of Boise. Welcome! We are truly glad you are here.


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