The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to place a proposed City Charter amendment on the June ballot that would make it easier to fire and discipline department general managers hired in the future.
The proposed Charter amendment, similar to one that voters have defeated three times in recent years, would remove the city's 31 positions for general managers and heads of bureaus from the Civil Service system.
The 8-4 vote followed an unsuccessful attempt by several council members to exempt five key general manager positions from the proposed amendment. The council majority, however, said that the Police, Fire, Water and Power, Airport and Harbor Department chiefs should be included.
Only future managers would be affected; present managers would retain Civil Service status, which provides job protection for most city employees.