Merit System Protection Board
This board was established by the Board of County Commissioners through adoption of Escambia County Ordinance No. 2005-38, enacted on August 18, 2005. Upon the legislative sunset of the Escambia County Civil Service Board, effective October 1, 2005, the MSPB was created to provide a fair and equitable mechanism for the expeditious review of appeals and grievances of the classified employees of the county before a non-partisan deliberative body. County Ordinance 2005-38 provides the means for a classified, permanent employee under the jurisdiction of the MSPB to appeal disciplinary actions, and that these employees may file an appeal or grievance for perceived violations of the ordinance or the rules. Presently, the classified employees under the jurisdiction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Sheriff’s Office and the Supervisor of Elections are covered under the MSPB.
The MSPB will be composed of five members. The members shall be selected as follows: one by the Board of County Commissioners, one by the Sheriff, one by the Board of County Commissioners classified employees, and one by the Sheriff’s Office classified employees. These four members shall select the fifth member. The length of the terms of the initial members of the MSPB shall be as follows: two members selected by the employees’ groups shall serve three-year terms, two members selected by the Board of County Commissioners and the Sheriff shall serve two-year terms, the fifth member selected by the other four members shall serve a three-year term. The second Tuesday of each month, 5:15 p.m., has been designated as the board’s regular meeting at the MSPB Board Room.