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A. Appointment. The general manager and/or his or her designee shall appoint each employee. It is the policy of the district to appoint the best qualified applicant for each position without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, or genetic information.

B. Selection Procedures. The general manager shall establish selection procedures which shall ensure the employment of the best qualified applicants, including but not limited to such factors as education, experience, skills, knowledge, and qualifications.

C. Background Check. Each candidate selected for a probationary appointment shall be required to satisfactorily pass a background check which includes a pre-employment physical conducted by a medical provider.

D. Pre-Employment Physical. Pre-employment physical shall include a drug screening test. Any applicant who tests positive for the presence of an intoxicating substance will be excluded from consideration for employment.

E. Board Authorization. Regular appointments by the general manager are hereby authorized by the board of directors unless otherwise prohibited.

F. Temporary Employees. The general manager may employ additional temporary employees as needed.

G. Employee Identification. Officers and employees shall be identified in a manner and form prescribed by the general manager.

H. Identification Card/Uniforms. All employees shall carry identification cards. Field personnel shall be furnished uniforms identified with the Coachella Valley Water District emblem.

I. Driver’s License. All employees are required to possess at the time of employment and throughout their employment a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Violations after employment may be cause for changing job assignments, salary reduction and/or dismissal. Driving a district vehicle with an expired, suspended or revoked license is cause for dismissal.

J. Communication. Oral and written English shall be required at a performance level providing for clear communication by radio and memo during emergency periods. (Ord. 1442.1, 2024)