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Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
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Civil Service System wins award
The City of Austin has earned state recognition for its innovative and successful implementation of its Municipal Civil Service System, which applies to the majority of city employees. The Texas Municipal Human Resources Association presented the city its Innovation in Municipal Human Resources Management Award as part of the association’s 2015 Professional Awards Program. In slightly more than a year and a half, Austin’s Human Resources Department conducted a thorough development process to draft and implement Municipal Civil Service Rules — approved by Council in 2014 and trained more than 8,500 employees on those new rules. The commission hears appeals and makes final, binding decisions in the case of any municipal civil service employee who is discharged, suspended, demoted, denied a promotion or put on disciplinary probation. For more about information about the commission, go here.