The city of Panama City is implementing some policy changes for its employees; including a new social media policy.
Acting City Manager Jeff Brown brought the issue before the commissioners at Tuesday's commission meeting.
There were multiple considerations for the board to address; the social media policy and others concerning sick leave-family policies and reasons for discharge or disciplinary action.
The city is laying out new procedures in the event of an employees arrest. Now, an internal investigation is required following the arrest of any employee to allow due diligence to the city for termination.
Also the city will be enacting a social media policy that outlines the city's understanding of the use of social media and responsibilities and guidelines for appropriate use by city employees.
Finally, sick leave with the city can currently be taken in order to care for parents and children under the age of 18. But, because parents are over the age of 18 and the Affordable Care Act legally defines children up to 26 years of age the city reworked their policy.
"The question was raised 'why would we let you take care of your parents, but not take care of an adult child?'" said Brown. "So, this would remove that and let you take care of your children no matter their age."
Also at Tuesday's meeting the city directed Ziet Energy to look into the economics of converting the city's solid waste fleet and other city vehicles to compressed natural gas. If economically feasible Panama City will consider constructing a fueling station in the city.