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June 14, 2012: Civil Service Commission
AGENDA:

 
Regular Meeting of the Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst, Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Raymond Schmidlin, Chairman, presiding.
 
Members:
Commissioners: R D Patete, R. Schmidlin, R A Sweeney
 
Others: P T Murphy, Director of Law; C J White, Secretary
 
Minutes:
 
Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 10, 2012.
 
Review ad for original appointment exam for patrolman.
 
Extend Original Appointment list for Patrolman (expires July 12, 2012)
 
Discuss necessity of the fifteen additional points given for Ohio Peace Officers' Training.
 
Review proposed draft legislation for educational credits for original appointment and promotional exams in the Police Department.
 
Discuss available positions for SPOs
 
June 14, 2012: Civil Service Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Civil Service Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Regular Session on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road.
 
Members Present:
Commissioners: R Schmidlin, Chairman; R D Patete, R A Sweeney
 
Others Present: P T Murphy, Director of Law; C J White, Secretary; R. Porrello, Chief of Police; P. Rhode, Executive Lieutenant
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Ms. Sweeney that the reading of the minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 10, 2012, copies of which were sent to all members, be dispensed with and said minutes stand approved as circulated.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed with Mr. Patete abstaining.
 
Motion carried.
 
Review ad for original appointment exam for patrolman
 
New language which was suggested by Chief Porrello was added into the ad and presented to the Commission for their review.
 
Chief Porrello stated that the sixth paragraph should be read: "No person who has been convicted of or committed a felony, a crime of violence, or who has a significant history of illicit drug offenses or usage should apply.
 
The Commission added two new paragraphs recommended by Chief Porrello to the ad, which will be reviewed and finalized at a Special Meeting.
 
It was decided that the test date will be July 28 instead of July 21. It was also decided that the ad will be placed in the Plain Dealer for two consecutive Sundays, beginning with July 1, and the Sun Messenger for one Thursday, and depending on the cost, The News Herald.
 
Extend Original Appointment List for Patrolman (expires July 12, 2012).
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Mr. Patete that the Original Appointment List for Patrolman be extended to August 12, 2012.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Discuss necessity of the fifteen (15) additional points given for Ohio Peace Officers' training.
 
In answer to Mr. Schmidlin's question, Chief Porrello stated that almost all applicants do have the Ohio Peace Officers' training. He recommended that the number of points for the training be reduced to ten (10) which will give candidates who do not have the OPATA training a better chance to get higher on the eligibility list. He further stated that it would give the City the option in the future to send a good candidate without the training to the police academy. He further stated that by giving educational points to the candidates, it creates conditions that will give us better candidates higher up on the eligibility list.
 
Ms. Sweeney stated that she feels it is better to reduce the points to ten (10) and not make it a requirement to have the certification to take the original appointment test.
 
The Commission concurred, and will make a final decision at a meeting to take place at a later date.
 
Review proposed draft legislation for educational credits for original appointment and promotional exams in the Police Department.
 
Mr. Murphy distributed proposed Resolution No. 2012-1, amending Rule IV, Section 6 of the rules of the Civil Service Commission.
 
Chief Porrello stated he agrees with the wording in the proposed resolution in regards to five (5) points being given to candidates who have an associate's degree or higher providing they first receive the established passing grade.
 
Mr. Murphy clarified that according to the proposed resolution, five (5) points will be given to a candidate with an associate's degree and five (5) additional points will be given to a candidate with a bachelor's degree. He then asked the Commission if they would like to limit the type of degree to something relevant to police work.
 
Chief Porrello stated that he would recommend five (5) points total for educational credit; an associate's degree or higher. He further stated that, in his opinion, a degree in any field will make a better candidate.
 
It was recommended that the recommended changes made to the proposed resolution be reviewed at the next meeting.
 
Discussion continued on condensing the ad, the wording of the ad, and whether to add that additional points will be given for education, OPATA training and SPOs.
 
Discuss available positions for SPOs.
 
In answer to Mr. Schmidlin's question, Chief Porrello stated the SPO candidates are still in the selection process. He further stated that after conducting background checks, there are three viable candidates.
 
Discussion continued on the Commission's role in hiring SPOs.
 
Mr. Schmidlin stated that the candidates' information had been reviewed by the Commission.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schmidlin, seconded by Mr. Patete that the meeting be adjourned.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion Carried, meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.


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