In this chapter unless the context otherwise requires:
1. “Agency” means any department, institution, board, or other similar body of state government, or any political subdivision within the state.
2. “Appointing authority” means the individuals in any agency who have authority to fill job vacancies.
3. “Employee” means any person, whether employed, appointed, or under contract, providing services for the state, county, city, or other political subdivision, for which compensation is paid. “Employee” also includes a person subject to the civil service or merit system or civil service laws of the state government, governmental agency, or a political subdivision. “Employee” does not include:
a. A person elected to public office in the state or in a political subdivision.
b. A member of the legislative council.
c. A person holding an appointive statutory office.
d. One deputy or principal assistant for each elected official or appointive statutory official.
e. One secretary for each elected or appointive statutory official.
f. All members of the governor's staff.
4. “Organization” means any organized group of individuals working together for the common good of public employees and government.
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