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Sierra County and its employees are committed to providing a safe and drug free work environment. The county also recognizes that its employees are a most valuable resource and as a goal, the county is dedicated to providing a healthy and satisfying work environment to (1) assure that employees are not impaired in their ability to perform assigned duties in a safe, productive, and healthy manner; (2) create a workplace environment free from adverse effects of drug and alcohol substance abuse or misuse; (3) prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances; and (4) to encourage employees to seek professional assistance when personal problems, including alcohol or drug use, misuse, or dependency, adversely affect their ability to perform their assigned duties.

This policy is adopted in order to provide a reasonable means to protect the privacy rights of public employees and to address potential questions and safety considerations should an employee inappropriately be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while engaged in the performance of their public duties. This policy sets forth the rights and obligations of employees who are covered by this policy. Employees covered by these new requirements and this policy should become familiar with their respective provisions, as compliance with this policy is an express condition of employment with Sierra County.