Personnel Board of Appeals


The Personnel Board of Appeals was established by Washington County Board Resolution Number 82 07 pursuant to Minnesota Statute 375.56, effective February 1, 1982.


The Personnel Board of Appeals makes findings and reports to the County Board within 30 days of the filing of an appeal by an applicant, employee, or department head in the following circumstances:

  • Alleged arbitrary or capricious action on the part of the County Board with respect to final establishment of these rules.
  • Alleged discrimination by the personnel director or his/her employees in examination procedures or preparation of lists of eligible candidates, or discriminatory use thereof by the department head under the provisions of M.S.A. 375.56 to 375.71 or rules promulgated thereunder.
  • Alleged misinterpretation or evasion by the personnel director to the County Board of provisions of M.S.A. 375.56 to 375.71 to these policies promulgated thereunder in a manner seriously detrimental to the party or parties bringing the appeal.

Such other matters of grievance as may be provided for in these rules.


The Personnel Board of Appeals consists of three members appointed at large by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.


Successful candidates demonstrates a background in personnel and labor management.

Procedure for Appointment 

Prospective members are recruited through advertising.  Acting members may be reappointed to additional terms as determined by the County Board of Commissioners.

Member terms

The initial terms of Personnel Board of Appeals members are staggered on one, two, and three-year terms each. After the first appointments expire, successive terms are three years each.

Meeting requirements

The Personnel Board of Appeals meets upon the call of its chair or the Human Resources director. The member with the shortest term is designated as chair.


Members of the Personnel Board of Appeals receive meeting per diem and mileage reimbursement at the rate established by the County Board.

Operating procedures

This board operates in accordance with the operating procedures established by the county.