APPOINTMENT : Basis, Type, Residence, Orientation Period
Appointments shall be made based on the qualifications of applicants as ascertained through fair and practical selection methods, which may include testing of job knowledge. An offer of employment in some job classifications may be conditional upon the employee passing a medical examination.
Appointments shall be designated either regular or temporary.
City employees are required to reside in the Continental United States, but are not required to live within the Brownsville city limits. Employees likely to be called back to work in cases of emergency may be required to reside within reasonable commuting ranges of their places of work. The City is not responsible for any costs incurred for commuting expenses to and from the place of employment under normal or emergency conditions.
The orientation period is a time of learning and acclimation for the employee. It also provides the employee's supervisor an opportunity to review the employee's skills, abilities, performance, interpersonal relationships and other job related factors. Within the orientation period the employee may receive counseling and/or written evaluation from his/her supervisor. If the employee satisfactorily completes the orientation period a written evaluation will be provided the employee confirming the employee's satisfactory progress. All new or rehired full time or part time employees must serve an orientation period of 6 months.
Department Directors in consultation with the Human Resources Director may extend the orientation period for up to an additional (6) six-month period. An employee may be dismissed from City employment at any time during the orientation period. The employee has no rights of appeal, grievance or other remedy or recourse in regard to his or her termination during the orientation period.
Filing a Complaint
Any applicant who believes he/she has been discriminated against in the hiring process because of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin should report it immediately using the City’s EEO Discrimination complaint form. The form can be downloaded by clicking here or by visiting City Hall located at 1001 E Elizabeth St, Brownsville, TX 78520.
Applicants for employment should file their complaints or discuss their concerns with the City’s EEO Officer. An applicant may choose to raise the complaint with a state or federal agency without first pursuing it through City channels. If the applicant so chooses he/she may file the complaint directly with the Texas Workforce Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the alleged act(s) of discrimination. If there is uncertainty as to whether or not a situation constitutes discrimination, the concerned individual is encouraged to discuss the matter with the City’s EEO Officer.
City of Brownsville
Human Resources Department
City Hall, 4th Floor
1001 E. Elizabeth St
Brownsville, TX 78520