New Mexico Administrative Code
Title 10 - PUBLIC SAFETY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
Chapter 12 - PUBLIC DEFENDER DEPARTMENT
Part 11 - DISCIPLINE
Section 10.12.11.13 - EMPLOYEES IN CAREER STATUS

Universal Citation: 10 NM Admin Code 10.12.11.13

Current through Register Vol. 35, No. 6, March 26, 2024

A.Notice of contemplated action:

(1)To initiate the suspension, demotion, or dismissal of an employee in career status and an employee in term status who has completed the probationary period, a notice of contemplated action shall be served on the employee which: describes the conduct, actions, or omissions which form the basis for the contemplated disciplinary action; gives a general explanation of the evidence; advises the employee of his or her right to inspect and obtain copies of any documentary evidence relied upon; specifies what the contemplated action is; and states that the employee has 11 calendar days from service of the notice to respond in writing to the notice or to request an opportunity for an oral response.

(2)When the notice of contemplated action is served by mail, the employee receiving service shall have three additional calendar days in which to file a response.

B. Response to notice of contemplated action:

(1) A representative of the employee's choosing, subject to some restrictions, may respond in writing to the notice of contemplated action on behalf of the employee and shall be subject to the same timelines stated herein and any final decision made will be binding on the employee directly. A member of management or human resources may not serve as a representative during a disciplinary action.

(2) If there is a request for an oral response to the notice of contemplated action, management representatives shall meet with the employee within 11 calendar days of a request for an oral response, unless the employee and the human resource director agree in writing to an extension of time.

(3) The purpose of the oral response is not to provide an evidentiary hearing but is an opportunity for the employee to present his or her side of the story. It is an initial check against mistaken decisions, essentially a determination of whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that the charges against the employee are true and support the proposed action.

C. Notice of final action:

(1) If the employee does not respond to the notice of contemplated action a notice of final action shall be issued within 11 calendar days following the response period.

(2) If the employee has fled a written response or has been provided an opportunity for oral response, the department shall issue a notice of final action no later than 11 calendar days from the date of receipt of the oral or written response.

(3) The notice of final action shall:
(a) specify the final action to be taken, which may be upholding the contemplated action, a lesser form of discipline than contemplated, or no disciplinary action;

(b) describe the conduct, actions, or omissions which form the basis for the disciplinary action, which may not include allegations not included in the notice of contemplated action;

(c) give a general explanation of the evidence the agency has;

(d) specify when the disciplinary action will be effective, which must be but no more than 30 calendar days from the time of service of the notice of final action; and

(e) inform the employee of his or her appeal rights.

(4)Appeal rights:
(a) an employee, not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, may appeal a final disciplinary action to the chief by delivering a written statement of the grounds for appeal to the human resources director at 301 North Guadalupe Street, Suite 101, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 no later than 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the final disciplinary action; the employee must submit a copy of the notice of final disciplinary action with the notice of appeal;

(b) an employee who is covered by a collective bargaining agreement may either appeal the final disciplinary action to the chief as stated above in Subparagraph (a) of Paragraph (4) of Subsection C of 10.12.11.13 NMAC or make an irrevocable election to appeal to an arbitrator pursuant to any collective bargaining agreement then in effect.

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