The Live Oak City Council last week adopted a resolution to govern employee-employer relations in the city.

According to a memo to the council from City Manager Jim Goodwin, 15 city employees have applied for membership in Public Employees Union Local 1.

A search of city policies found no such resolution in place, Goodwin said. City staff consulted with the city attorney and a local law firm specializing in employee relations in coming up with the resolution.

“Without local policies in place, the City will rely upon the State of California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to oversee recognition of organizations seeking recognition as an Exclusively Recognized Employee Organization. At this juncture, it is unlikely Local 1 will be the only organization to seek that status. Live Oak must be prepared to address these requests,” Goodwin told the council.

Also at last week’s meeting, the council honored retiring Sutter County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Casner, who has led the Live Oak station for a number of years.

“There are some big shoes to fill,” Vice Mayor Diane Hodges told Casner, “Thank you for all the service you’ve provided to the citizens of Live Oak. You will be missed.”

Councilmember Lakhvir Ghag also thanked Casner for his service, both military and with the SCSO.

“Thank you for looking after our fine city for so many years,” Ghag.

Casner, for his part, said he’s enjoyed his time working in Live Oak.

“It’s been a pleasure,” Casner told the council. “I love it here.”

Casner will be replaced by Lt. Chad Niswonger.