Employee Handbook

It is the policy of the Village of Arlington Heights as an employer to promote, support, implement and maintain a Village-wide program for coordinated development of municipal services and facilities. The ability of the Village to provide quality services is dependent on the employees consistently performing at a professional level. Therefore, employees are expected to do their best work, to be regular in their attendance on the job and to respect the rules, regulations and policies of the Village. The Village of Arlington Heights is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring, opportunities for advancement and the application of policies and procedures are done without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national ancestry or disability. 

The purpose of the Personnel Policy Manual is to present the rules and regulations of employment with the Village of Arlington Heights, as well as the benefits and services available to its employees. The personnel policies included in this Manual are designed to be equitable to all Village employees. It is expected that there will be a consistent application of these policies throughout the Village. Where interpretation of provisions contained in the Personnel Policy Manual are necessary or desired, the Director of Human Resources will make such interpretations and provide them to the requester. The Village Manager reserves the right to vary these policies to meet individual needs. 

In the case of sworn Police and Fire personnel, all rules and regulations that are those of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will prevail when in conflict with any provision set forth in this Policy Manual. For employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, this Policy Manual only applies in instances when there are no contract provisions on the subject at issue. 

This Personnel Policy Manual supersedes all prior Village of Arlington Heights personnel policies and disciplinary procedures. The Village Manager may, from time to time, abolish, alter, make additions to, or otherwise amend this Personnel Policy Manual.This Personnel Policy Manual is not intended to create any contractual or other legal rights. It is not an expressed or implied contract of employment, nor is it intended to create any rights or be in the nature of an employment contract. This Personnel Policy Manual is simply an overview of current policies relating to employment with the Village of Arlington Heights. Nothing said or done by any Village representative shall constitute an employment contract unless it is reduced to writing and signed by the Village Manager.

Official Village Roles

Council-Manager form of Government
Arlington Heights has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1954. Under this system, the strong political leadership of elected officials in the person of the Village President and Board of Trustees is combined with the strong administrative direction of the Village Manager, the appointed chief administrator of the Village Government. The Village President is commonly referred to as the Mayor.

The council-manager plan is intended to provide for the maximum amount of participation by citizens. The voters elect the Village Board to govern their community, and the Board chooses the Village Manager to carry out its decisions.

Village Board
The Mayor and eight Trustees comprise the Village Board. They are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms.

The Village Board is the legislative and policy making body of the Village. Legislative powers include the adoption of ordinances and the levying of taxes. This means that the Village Board is the community’s decision maker, utilizing the authority entrusted to it by the citizens.

The Village Board meets the first and third Mondays of the month in a formal session. To expedite the handling of business coming before it, the Village Board typically meets as a Committee-of-the-Whole on the second Monday of the month for in-depth review of subject matters and discussion.

One of the most important programs undertaken by the Village Board on an annual basis is the Village Budget. Through the budgetary process, plans for the next year are formulated. The community’s leadership creates a plan for the Village to achieve its desired results in the upcoming year, which begins January 1 of each year.

Mayor’s Role
The Mayor presides over all meetings of the Village Board and is the recognized official head of the Village for all legal purposes. The Mayor is a leader in developing community policies and works with other Board members to form these policies and interpret them to the public. The Mayor represents the Village at official functions, appoints members to the Village’s Boards and Commissions with the advice and consent of the Village Board, and maintains contact with other governmental agencies and civic groups.

Village Manager’s Role
The Village Board hires the Village Manager to serve as the Board’s full-time executive. The Manager brings to the community the benefits of training and experience in administering a local government’s staff, its projects, and its programs. The Village Manager prepares the annual budget at the direction of the Village Board, which reviews, and approves it in its final form. Other responsibilities of the Manager include:

  • Enforcement of laws and ordinances
  • Appointment of Village employees
  • Administrative control over departments
  • Attendance at all meetings of the Board
  • Making necessary purchases and performing such duties as may be required by ordinance, resolution, or direction of the Board of Trustees