The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lawrence K. Karlton Senior Judge United States District Court
The Receiver in Plata, the Special Master in Coleman, and the Court Representatives in Perez and Armstrong have presented to the judges in the above-captioned cases an agreement that they have reached during the coordination meetings that they have held to date. The agreement, which is attached to this order, is presented to the undersigned for review and approval.
Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties in the above- captioned cases are granted until March 28, 2008 to show cause why the attached agreement should not be adopted as an order of the court. Any response to this order to show cause shall be filed in each of the above-captioned cases and served on all of the parties to all of the cases and on the Receiver, the Special Master, and the Court Representatives. Thereafter, the request for approval of the agreement will be taken under submission for individual and joint consideration by the undersigned.
ONE PAGE AGREEMENT ON PILOT PROGRAM FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Currently, there is no civil service position or classification for the chief health care 5 manager/administrator in the prisons. The role is being filled on an acting basis by individuals in various classifications, generally by the Chief Medical Officer.
On April 13, 2007, the Receiver filed a motion for waiver of state law permitting him to hire career executive appointees to remediate gross inadequacies in the current management and supervision of the medical health care delivery system. The chief executive position in the adult prisons was among those discussed by the Receiver in his motion.
The Receiver's motion proposed the hiring of civil service employees so they can be integrated into the state system. He proposed that the applicant pool be open to any person (rather than 10 limited to current civil service employees) and that all appointees serve at-will. The Receiver stated further that he would work with the State Personnel Board and Department of Personnel Administration to develop job descriptions, qualifications, classifications and competitive salary ranges.
Prior to court action on the Receiver's motion, the State Personnel Board and Receiver entered into a stipulated agreement filed with the Plata Court.
On September 11, 2007, the Plata Court issued its Order Adopting August 20, 2007 Stipulation Between Receiver and State Personnel Board ("Order"). The Order sets forth a pilot program to test the effectiveness of the stipulated hiring mechanism for medical health care executives/administrators within CDCR for three prisons. The core elements of the mechanism call for the use of new civil service classifications with minimum qualifications that the Receiver concurs are essential for developing and maintaining a constitutionally adequate medical care system. Candidates with the requisite qualifications from inside and outside the state service may apply. Individuals can be appointed on a limited term (non-tenured) basis for up to two years, during which the incumbent will be subject to discipline for cause or release without cause. Once permanent status is acquired, it will be followed by a one-year probationary period.