On January 28, 2016, Elissa Levan proposed amending the Bowie City code chapter two, “Administration,” article II, “Personnel.” This change would provide an appeal to the court of special appeals from the final judgment of a contentious case, which arose from a decision by the Board of Personnel Appeals.

Once enacted, this amendment enacted “[p]rocedure for hearing in cases of removal, suspension or demotion” of members of the board. The updated policy reads as follows:

“The Board shall, within ten (10) days of the conclusion of the hearing, issue a written decision affirming, reversing or modifying the decision of the Department Head or the City Manager, as the case may be. The Board may only reverse or modify a decision of the Department Head or the City Manager if it finds, based upon a preponderance of the evidence, that the decision was so unreasonable and without justification as to be arbitrary and capricious.”

If you wish to learn more about Elissa Levan’s contributions to Ordinance O-2-16, please visit the City of Bowie’s website to access the full memorandum.