CHAPTER 551

SENATE BILL NO. 451

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 66, TITLE 16, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE INCLUSION OF DEPUTY STATE FIRE MARSHALS INTO THE STATE PERSONNEL COMMISSION'S MERIT SYSTEM.

WHEREAS, interpretation of existing statutes covering the office of State Fire Marshal, there has arisen a problem which seems to conflict with the Personnel Commission rules and regulations; and

WHEREAS, it is the opinion of the Personnel Commission that as it presently stands the Deputy Fire Marshals are not under the Merit System, though all appointments, promotions and salary increases have been in accordance with Merit System rules; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the State Fire Prevention Commission that all personnel fall within the framework of the Merit System.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Amend §6606 (b) of Chapter 66, Title 16, Delaware Code, by striking said paragraph (b) in its entirety and substitute a new paragraph (b) to read as follows:

"(b) The State Fire Marshal shall appoint all authorized personnel pursuant to Merit System rules and regulations and administer the usual oath as required.

Salaries of all personnel to include appropriate position classifications, upgrading and promotions shall be in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 59, Title 29, Delaware Code."

Section 2. This Act shall be retroactive to July 1, 1974.

Approved July 7, 1976