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East Liverpool civil service commission discusses test

East Liverpool — The city’s Civil Service Commission met for 10 minutes before administering the probationary patrolman’s test Thursday afternoon at the Community and Learning Center.

Members discussed the recently given firefighter’s test, which was passed by six people with five of them then going on to get certified after completing the fire physical course. No information was given in regards to interviews had been completed or an offer extended yet.

The commission also acknowledged receipt of the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29, concerning base pay rates for patrol officers. Council had approved the MOU earlier in April, which started new hires at $18.47 per hour by eliminating a Fifth Class Patrol Officer step in the contract. However, the union finally signed off on the document on April 27, after continued negotiations.

A new police contract is under negotiation this year.

Richard Haught also was appointed for a water maintenance position effective April 12 at $17.68 hourly wage, and another civil service exam was requested for that department.

Commission member Sherrie Curtis expressed concern about the lack of communication from city officials regarding why qualifying people weren’t hired or a new test is needed when the other examination list should still be good. Members decided to draft a letter, requesting they improve followup with the commission to assist in streamlining of the process.

Civil Service Commission will meet next at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 8 in council chambers.

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