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January 6, 2011: Civil Service Commission
AGENDA:

 
To meet in Regular Session on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road.
 
Members:
Commissioners: R D Patete, R J Schmidlin, R Sweeney
 
Others: P T Murphy, Director of Law; C J White, Secretary
 
Correspondence from Fire Chief Michael Carroll
 
Discuss promotional testing for Lieutenant and Captain in the Lyndhurst Fire Department.
 
Discuss background checks of police candidates.
 
Discuss Application for Reinstatement - Lyndhurst Police Department.
 
January 6, 2011: Civil Service Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Special Session on Thursday, January 6, 2011 in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Mr. Raymond Schmidlin presiding.
 
Members Present:
Commissioners: R J Schmidlin, Chairman; R D Patete, R Sweeney
 
Others Present: Paul Murphy, Director of Law; Clarice J. White, Secretary; Police Chief Porrello; Fire Chief Carroll; Patrolman Eden; Firefighter Procop; Sergeant Traci; Detective Alexander; Firefighter Ford
 
It was decided that the Election of Officers for 2011 take place at this time.
 
It was moved by Mr. Patete, seconded by Ms. Sweeney to elect the following slate of officers for the year 2011:
 
Chairman: Raymond Schmidlin
Vice Chairman: Richard Patete
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Mr. Schmidlin requested that the agenda be taken out of order.
 
Discuss Application for Reinstatement - Lyndhurst Police Department.
 
Mr. Schmidlin stated there are three letters in regards to an application for reinstatement of former Patrolman Michael Scipione. He stated that he has read the letters in detail, and all necessary requirements have been met, and the rules of the Civil Service Commission, in accordance with, Rule IX, Section 5 have been followed.
 
Mr. Patete stated that former Patrolman Michael Scipione has been examined by the city's medical doctor and the city's psychologist, and passed both exams.
 
Chief Porrello stated that a process was devised and throughout that process found that all testing came back positive. He further stated that former Patrolman Scipione, if the Commission approves the reinstatement, will be an asset to the department, as he was before.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Mr. Patete to accept the Mayor's recommendation to accept the Application for Reinstatement of Michael Scipione, in accordance with Rule IX, Section 5 of the Lyndhurst Civil Service Rules.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Discuss Promotional Testing for Lieutenant and Captain in the Lyndhurst Fire Department.
 
Chief Carroll submitted a letter to the Commission regarding the upcoming promotional test in the fire department, and highlighted it.
 
Chief Carroll recommended that the scoring on the Lieutenants' test be as follows:
 
60% written test
40% assessment center
 
He further recommended that the Captains' test be scored as follows:
 
40% written test
60% assessment center
 
The recommended reading material for the Lieutenant Exam is:
 
Building Construction Related to the Fire Service, IFSTA 3rd ed., IFSTA
Fire Officer Handbook of Tactics, Norman, 3rd ed., Fire Engineering
Fire Service Personnel Management, Edwards, 2nd ed., Brady
Fire Department Incident Safety Officer, Dodson, 2nd ed., Thompson/Delmar
 
The recommended reading material for the Captain Exam is:
 
Fire Department Incident Safety Officer, Dodson, 2nd ed., Thompson/Delmar
Management in the Fire Service, Carter/Raush, 4th ed., NFPA
Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground, Smith, 2nd ed., Brady
It's Your Ship, Captain D. Michael Abrshoff, Warner Business Books
 
In answer to Mr. Patete's question, Chief Carroll stated that he doesn't feel the building preplans are accurate enough to be on the test. Chief Carroll then stated that he would consider putting the city handbook and the current contract on the test. He further stated that although 18 firefighters are eligible to take the Lieutenants Test, he believes only about 7 will actually take the test, and although 3 lieutenants are eligible to take the captains test, only 2 will actually take that test.
 
Mr. Patete stated his concern about the competitiveness of the captains test, asking that if one fails the written test, would there be an assessment center for the one that passed the written test.
 
Chief Carroll stated that he recommends on the lieutenants' test, there be a minimum passing grade of 70% on the written, but on the captains' test, due to that specific concern, the 70% passing grade be removed.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Ms. Sweeney that the recommendations made by Chief Carroll in his letter to the Commission dated December 27, 2010, be approved for testing and assessment center dates and scoring of the upcoming promotional exams in the Lyndhurst Fire Department, contingent upon the removal of "minimum 70% to pass" and "must pass written to take assessment center" on the lieutenants' test, so as to be consistent with the captains' test, which shows no minimum score.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Firefighter Ryan Procop referred to the newly adopted education points in the promotional exams, and requested that the extra credit points for education be deferred to a later testing date due to budget cuts within the city to pay for overtime and/or education.
 
Firefighter Ford concurred, stating that doing away with the adopted resolution on education points for this upcoming promotional test would put most candidates on an even playing field, but that those who qualify would receive the seniority points.
 
Mr. Schmidlin stated that a lot of time and thought was put into the resolution for educational credits, and one of the things discussed was the timeliness of the passage.
 
Chief Carroll stated that classes can be taken more so now, due to availability of city and grant monies.
 
Mr. Patete stated that he feels it wouldn't be right to change the rules dependent on the applicants' educational statuses or certain and unique situations.
 
Mr. Schmidlin recommended that the request to suspend the rules on educational credits be declined.
 
Discuss background checks of police candidates.
 
The members of the Commission have previously reviewed the background checks and law enforcement indexes of twelve police candidates. The members of the Commission discussed the law enforcement indexes of those twelve police candidates in detail with Detective Norm Alexander.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin seconded by Mr. Patete that the police candidates move to the next step in the process.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Ms. Sweeney that the meeting be adjourned.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.


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