Honorable Harold V. Dutton Jr., Chair, House Committee on Urban Affairs
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3736 by Martinez, "Mando" (Relating to appointment of a department head of a fire or police department in certain municipalities.), As Introduced
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend Section 143.013 of the Local Government Code to prohibit the city manager of a Chapter 143 municipality from being appointed department head of a fire or police department unless the city manager satisfies all qualifications for appointment. Under current statute, a person appointed as head of a fire or a police department must be eligible for certification by the Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education at the intermediate level or its equivalent as determined by that commission and must have served for at least five years.
Local Government Impact
There could be costs to a Chapter 143 municipality if the municipality needed to hire an additional employee to serve as the department head of a fire or police department. It is assumed that a city manager serving in these roles would not be a frequent occurrence; therefore, no significant fiscal impact is anticipated to units of local government.