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January 7, 2010: Civil Service Commission
AGENDA:

 
Special Meeting of the Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst, Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. Richard D Patete, Chairman, presiding.
 
Members:
Commissioners: R D Patete, R. Schmidlin, J A Sweeney
 
Others: P T Murphy, Director of Law; C J White, Secretary
 
Minutes:
 
Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Civil Service Commission held Thursday, December 10, 2009.
 
Swear in Raymond Schmidlin, to renew his term on the Civil Service Commission.
 
Election of Officers for the year 2010.
 
Presentation by Paul Michalko, Personnel Selection Services, regarding original appointment exam for the Police Department.
 
January 7, 2010: Civil Service Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Special Session on Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Richard D. Patete, Chairman Presiding.
 
Members Present:
Commissioners: R D Patete, R. Schmidlin, J A Sweeney
 
Others Present: Paul T. Murphy, Director of Law; Chief Rick Porrello; Clarice J. White, Secretary.
 
At this time, the Oath of Office was administered by Paul T. Murphy to Ray Schmidlin Jr., to renew his term on the Civil Service Commission.
 
It was moved by Mr. Patete, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin to nominate the following slate of officers for the year 2010:
 
Chairman: Joseph A. Sweeney
Vice Chairman: Ray Schmidlin, Jr.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin that the minutes of the Regular Meeting held Thursday, December 10, 2009, copies of which were mailed to all members, be dispensed with and said minutes stand approved as circulated.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Presentation by Paul Michalko, Personnel Selection Services, regarding original appointment exam for the Police Department.
 
Mr. Michalko gave a brief history of himself, his company, and the testing process that is used.
 
Chief Porrello stated that there seems to be a deficiency with the new hires in regards to report writing. He then asked if there is a section within the testing process that would cover writing skills.
 
Mr. Michalko stated that writing skills could be covered in the original appointment testing process, however, it is subjective, and therefore would open the test up to more complaints.
 
In answer to Mr. Murphy's question, Mr. Michalko stated that he has not done any testing for report writing for original appointment levels. He further stated that writing skills, including report writing are usually done at the promotional testing level.
 
It was decided that Chief Porrello would meet with Mr. Michalko to discuss and conclude the most efficient way to resolve the writing skills issue.
 
In answer to Chief Porrello's question, Mr. Michalko stated that conflict resolution and interpersonal relations are also not covered on the test because each city handles conflict resolution differently. He further stated that the test given by his company is all relative to general police work.
 
At this time, a price list from Personnel Selection Services for the original appointment test was distributed.
 
The maximum number of applicants, the information required by each applicant on the application, and shortening the newspaper ad was discussed. Also discussed was anything prohibiting a person from taking the test, i.e. a felony, and where to post requirements.
 
Mr. Michalko cautioned that there shouldn't be anything that would preclude someone from taking the test. He further stated that Personnel Selection Services can do the writing skill sample as part of the screening process with the top ten (10) scorers. He stated that it would not be graded, which would take the subjectivity out of the scoring, but would be for informational purposes only. He then stated he would administer the writing skills portion at no extra cost.
 
In answer to Mr. Patete's question, Mr. Michalko stated that the current test is one hundred twenty-five (125) questions, and a new test is created each time it is given.
 
In regards to the number of applicants taking the original appointment test, Chief Porrello suggested that there be a minimum of one hundred (100) applicants.
 
It was moved by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin that Personnel Selection Services be chosen to give the test for original appointment for the Lyndhurst Police Department, based on the proposal given at this meeting.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin that the meeting be adjourned.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 9:20 a.m.


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