Senate Bill No. 627
(By Senators Snyder, D. Facemire, Edgell, Browning, Kessler (Mr. President), Unger, Miller, Barnes, Klempa, Green and Plymale)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 23, 2012.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §15-2-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the State Police; increasing the salary of forensic lab employees; and increasing the salary of general civilian employees.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §15-2-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.
§15-2-7. Cadet selection board; qualifications for and appointment to membership in State Police; civilian employees.
(a) The superintendent shall establish within the West Virginia State Police a cadet selection board which shall be representative of commissioned and noncommissioned officers within the State Police.
(b) The superintendent shall appoint a member to the position of trooper from among the top three names on the current list of eligible applicants established by the cadet selection board.
(c) Preference in making appointments shall be given whenever possible to honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces of the United States and to residents of West Virginia. Each applicant for appointment shall be a person not less than twenty-one years of age nor more than thirty-nine years of age, of sound constitution and good moral character; is required to pass any mental and physical examination; and meet other requirements as provided in rules promulgated by the cadet selection board: Provided, That a former member may, at the discretion of the superintendent, be reenlisted.
(d) No person may be barred from becoming a member of the State Police because of his or her religious or political convictions.
(e) The superintendent shall adhere to the principles of equal employment opportunity set forth in article eleven, chapter five of this code and shall take positive steps to encourage applications for State Police membership from females and minority groups within the state. An annual report shall be filed with the Legislature on or before January 1 of each year by the superintendent which includes a summary of the efforts and the effectiveness of those efforts intended to recruit females, African-Americans and other minorities into the ranks of the State Police.
(f) Except for the superintendent, no person may be appointed or enlisted to membership in the State Police at a grade or rank above the grade of trooper.
(g) The superintendent shall appoint civilian employees as are necessary and all employees may be included in the classified service of the civil service system except those in positions exempt under the provisions of article six, chapter twenty-nine of this code.
(h) Effective July 1, 2001 2012, civilian employees with a minimum of five three years’ of service shall receive a salary increase equal to $100 $300 a year for each year of service as a civilian employee. Every three years year thereafter, civilian employees who have five four or more years of service shall receive an annual salary increase of $300 $400. The increases in salary provided by this subsection are in addition to any other increases to which the civilian employees might otherwise be entitled.
(I) Effective July 1, 2012, State Police Forensic Laboratory forensic analysts, directors, and evidence technicians shall receive a salary increase equal to $2,000 after one year of service, a salary increase equal to $3,000 after six years of service, and a salary increase equal to $4,000 after ten years of service. The salary increases provided by this subsection are in addition to any other increases to which the State Police Forensic Laboratory forensic analysts, directors, and evidence technicians might otherwise be entitled.