East Liverpool civil service test attracts a dozen hopefuls

EAST LIVERPOOL – A dozen people have signed up to take an upcoming Civil Service Commission test, hoping to be named the new Thompson Park superintendent.

The test is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the downtown campus of Kent State University, where the Civil Service Commission will also hold its regular meeting at 5:15 p.m.

The deadline for applying to take the test was 4 p.m. last Friday.

According to information taken from applications submitted by those preparing to take the test, the majority of applicants are from East Liverpool, with one each from Rogers, Lisbon, Alliance, Newell, W.Va. and Worthington (near Columbus).

Just one applicant is female, and she is currently a dog trainer but has studied forestry, fisheries, wildlife, parks and recreation at Ohio State University. In addition, she has completed park ranger training and once served as a student naturalist at the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center here in the county.

Another applicant noted he is an Eagle Scout who has had wildlife training at Hocking College, as well as having served in the past as an ecology and conservation director at a scout reservation.

The other applicants listed a wide range of experience, education and employment, including holding a master’s degree in environmental policy and management; a bachelor’s degree in applied horticulture; prison maintenance and hostage negotiation training; a jail supervisor; golf course maintenance and assistant golf pro; EMS service; construction trades; and airplane maintenance.

In advertising for the position, the park board required three years experience in grounds or park maintenance or a related field and said the successful applicant will be given one year to complete a course in bookkeeping and seminars in public relations and general supervision.

The test being given is the same one taken by the last superintendent, Robb Kenny, seven years ago. Kenny recently resigned to take a position in Florida.

The minimum passing grade is 70, and Civil Service law requires the top 10 scorers with a passing grade to be granted an interview, according to officials. For some Civil Service positions, the top scorer must be hired, but that is not the case with the superintendent spot.

The park board will conduct the interviews and do the hiring.