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August 12, 2010: Civil Service Commission
AGENDA:

 
Regular Meeting of the Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst, Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. Joseph A. Sweeney, 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 Special Meeting held June 8, 2010.
 
Approve minutes of the Special Meeting held July 15, 2010.
 
Discuss list of eligible candidates for patrolman to be certified to the Mayor.
 
Discuss proposed Resolution No. 2010-05.
 
Meet with representatives of Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association.
 
August 12, 2010: Civil Service Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Regular Session on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8:30 AM, in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Mr. Joseph A. Sweeney, Chairman, presiding.
 
Members Present:
Commissioners: R D Patete, R Schmidlin, J A Sweeney
 
Others Present: P T Murphy, Director of Law; C J White, Secretary; Chief Telzrow, Fire Department; Chief Porrello, Police Department.
 
It was moved by Mr. Patete, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin that the reading of the minutes of the Special Meeting held June 8, 2010, 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.
 
It was moved by Mr. Patete, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin that the reading of the minutes of the Special Meeting held July 15, 2010, 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.
 
Discuss list of eligible candidates for patrolman to be certified to the Mayor.
 
Mrs. White, Secretary stated that fifteen candidates were contacted, one candidate was no longer interested, and so the sixteenth person on the list was contacted. She further stated that all but two candidates have returned their background information form. In answer to Mr. Patete's question, she stated that James Colbert, number 9, is the candidate who is no longer interested.
 
In answer to Mr. Sweeney's question, Chief Porrello recommends that a background check be conducted then submitted to the Civil Service Commission for review and elimination prior to the Law Enforcement Index by Pradco for each of the twelve (12) candidates.
 
Chief Telzrow stated that background checks were also conducted first, then submitted to the Civil Service Commission for review. He further stated Chief Porrello's recommendation is in keeping with the Fire Department's hiring procedure.
 
Chief Porrello stated he is working on a process for hiring procedures, which will be helpful.
 
The definition of the word "certify" was discussed.
 
In answer to Chief Telzrow's question, Mr. Sweeney stated that the Civil Service Commission reviews the background checks prior to certifying the candidates' names to the Mayor.
 
Mr. Murphy stated that when the entire background procedure on each candidate is complete, only then will a certified list of viable candidates be presented to the mayor.
 
Discussion continued on the process for certifying the names of police candidates.
 
It was determined that the process for certifying names from the existing original appointment list for the police department should be in this order:
 
  • Background check on fifteen (15) candidates

  • Civil Service Commission to review background checks

  • Pradco Law Enforcement Index

  • Provide list of certified names to mayor

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    Police Chief Porrello will also be submitting a process for hiring from an original appointment list to be followed.
     
    Discuss proposed Resolution 2010-05
     
    A Resolution amending Rule IV, Section 6, of the rules of the Civil Service Commission as they appear in Chapter 171 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lyndhurst.
     
    Mr. Sweeney stated that this proposed resolution adds five (5) additional percentage points for the original appointment to the fire department for any person who has earned a degree in fire science technology once the applicant has received a passing grade.
     
    It was moved by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Schmidlin that Resolution No. 2010-05 be adopted.
     
    The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
     
    Motion carried.
     
    Meet with representatives of Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association
     
    Mr. Sweeney stated that Mr. Talcott of the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association is unable to attend this meeting due to a conflict. He further stated Mr. Talcott will be asked again to make a presentation at an upcoming Civil Service meeting. He then presented a quote from Mr. Talcott showing basic information and pricing for a written test for a promotional exam in the fire department, and an assessment center.
     
    In answer to Mr. Sweeney's request, Chief Telzrow stated he would submit a list to the Commission showing all eligible candidates for the promotional test in the fire department, from Lieutenant to Chief.
     
    It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Mr. Patete to enter into a contract with the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association to conduct the next promotional testing from Lieutenant to Chief, pending their presentation to the Civil Service Commission.
     
    The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
     
    Motion carried.
     
    Chief Telzrow suggested that the promotional exam for chief be conducted prior to captain and lieutenant. He further stated that he would recommend the chief test to be conducted first so that the newly appointed fire chief can set the priorities for promotions for the other positions.
     
    Mr. Sweeney stated that Mayor Cicero has unofficially appointed Rosemary Sweeney to finish out his term on the Civil Service Commission. She will be sworn in at the Regular Meeting in September.
     
    It was moved by Mr. Patete, seconded by Mr. Sweeney that the meeting be adjourned.
     
    The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
     
    Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 9:30 a.m.


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