(a) The hearing
officer shall make a tentative decision on the appeal that shall be served upon
the county department, the appellant, and the representatives by mail.
Decisions reversing the county department's action shall be sent by certified
mail to the county department. Decisions affirming the county department's
actions shall be sent by certified mail to the appellant. Decisions shall be
sent by regular mail to representatives. The tentative decision shall contain a
notification of the right to present oral and written argument for and against
the decision as set out in this Rule.
(b) The county and the appellant may present
oral and written argument, for and against the decision by contacting the Chief
(c) If a written
argument, a request for a time extension to submit a written argument, or a
request for oral argument is not received by the Chief Hearing Officer within
10 calendar days of the date the notice of the tentative decision is signed,
the tentative decision shall become final.
(d) If a request for a time extension to
submit a written argument or a request for an oral argument is received by the
Chief Hearing Officer within 10 calendar days of the date the notice of the
tentative decision is signed, an extension shall be granted and a letter shall
be mailed stating the date the written argument is due or the date and time the
oral argument shall be heard.
If the party that requested oral argument fails to appear for the scheduled
oral argument, the tentative decision shall become final.
(f) If arguments are presented within the
timeframes established pursuant to Paragraphs (c) and (d) of this Rule, then
all such arguments shall be considered, and a final decision shall be
(g) The final decision
shall be served upon the appellant and the county department by certified mail.
Decisions shall be sent by regular mail to representatives.
(h) A decision upholding the appellant shall
be put into effect within two weeks after the county department's receipt of
the final decision by certified mail.
As provided for in
, the decision
shall contain the appellant's right to seek judicial review.