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Subdivision 1.Application.

For the purpose of sections 375.56 to 375.71, unless the context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, the terms defined in this section have the following meanings.

Subd. 2.Appointing authority.

"Appointing authority" means the official, employee, board, or commission, or the person or group of persons empowered by statute, ordinance or resolution to make an appointment to positions as county employees within the scope of sections 375.56 to 375.69.

Subd. 3.Director.

"Director" means the director of the department of personnel.

Subd. 4.Personnel department.

"Personnel department" means the personnel director and the employees engaged in the administration of the personnel department.

Subd. 5.Board of appeals.

"Board of appeals" means the personnel board of appeals established pursuant to section 375.65.