Sec. L-1. 12 MRSA §5012, first ¶, as amended by PL 1997, c. 24, Pt. QQ, §1, is further amended to read:
The commissioner is the chief executive officer of the Department of Conservation. The commissioner shall coordinate and supervise the activities and programs of the bureaus and agencies that are part of the department; undertake comprehensive planning and analysis with respect to the functions and responsibilities of the department; and develop and implement, whenever necessary, procedures and practices to promote economy, efficiency and coordination in and between the various agencies and bureaus of the department. The commissioner shall reorganize or combine the bureaus of the department or the planning, operations and other functions among the bureaus of the department as the commissioner considers necessary to improve the efficiency of department services. From time to time the commissioner shall recommend to the Governor and Legislature such changes in the laws relating to the organization, functions, services or procedures of the agencies and bureaus of the department as the commissioner considers desirable. The commissioner shall prepare a budget for the department ; and shall organize and maintain within the department a general services division to which the commissioner may assign personnel from the agencies and bureaus of the department the office of the commissioner.
Sec. L-2. 12 MRSA §5012, 2nd ¶, as amended by PL 1997, c. 24, Pt. QQ, §2, is further amended to read:
The commissioner has the power to appoint a director of general services, a deputy commissioner and bureau heads and other staff of the department, subject to the Civil Service Law, and prescribe their duties as necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the department.
Sec. L-3. 12 MRSA §5012, 3rd ¶, as amended by PL 1997, c. 24, Pt. QQ, §2, is further amended to read:
The director of general services, the deputy commissioner and bureau heads shall serve at the pleasure of the commissioner, except that dismissal of the Executive Director of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission requires the consent of a majority of the members of that commission.
Sec. L-4. 12 MRSA §5013, last ¶, as amended by PL 1997, c. 24, Pt. QQ, §3, is further amended to read:
Every person appointed as a bureau director , or a director of general services or of planning and program services, or in another supervisory capacity in the department , must have experience and skill in the field of the functions of such position. So far as is practicable in the judgment of the commissioner, appointments to such positions must be made by promoting employees of the State serving in positions that are classified and in every instance when a person is promoted from a classified position upon termination of that person's service in such classified supervisory position, the employee shall, if the employee so requests, must be restored to the classified position from which the employee was promoted or to a position equivalent thereto in salary grade in the same state agency, without impairment of the employee's personnel status or the loss of seniority, retirement or other rights to which uninterrupted service in the classified position would have entitled the employee, provided that if the employee's service in such unclassified supervisory position has been terminated for cause, the employee's right to be so restored must be determined by the State Civil Service Appeals Board.
Sec. L-5. Rename Administrative Services - Conservation program. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrative Services - Conservation program in the Department of Conservation is renamed the Office of the Commissioner program.