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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Call To Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. at the City of Mercer Island Caucus Room, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA.

Roll Call

Commissioners Blakney, Hill and Maehara. Secretary/Chief Examiner Segle, Chief Elsoe, Police Operations Commander Holmes, Fire Operations Commander Mauldin, Personnel and Training Sergeant Burns.

Regular Business

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Moved by Maeraha and seconded by Hill to approve the minutes of February 17, 2004 as submitted. Motion carried.

PERSONNEL ORDERS:
The Commission reviewed the personnel orders submitted for February and March.

The Commission reviewed the personnel orders submitted for February and March.
Chief Elsoe briefed the Commission on the only change that occurred to the police roster in February, in which Erika Smith resigned in order to accept a position out of state. There were no changes in March. There were no changes to the fire rosters.

POLICE OFFICER ELIGIBILITY LIST:
Staff informed the Commission that of the 5 candidates who passed through last oral board process, 0 candidates made it through both the background investigation process and the Chief’s interview process. Staff requested permission to exhaust the current eligibility list and conduct a new oral board process in order to establish a new eligibility list.

MOTION: Moved by Maehara and seconded by Blakney to exhaust the current police eligibility list and authorize staff to conduct the testing process to establish a new eligibility list. Motion carried.

POLICE CORPS – MAY INTERVIEW DATES:
Chief Elsoe provided the history of how the Police Corps program works. He informed the Commission that Police Corps interview dates were scheduled in May. Staff requested permission to utilize the Police Corps program for current Police Officer openings.

MOTION: Moved by Maehara and seconded by Hill to direct staff to utilize the Police Corps program as an option to fill current Police Officer openings. Motion carried.

SERGEANT’S ELIGIBILITY LIST EXPIRATION:
Commander Holmes reported that the current Sergeant Eligibility List is set to expire in May. He further stated that due to other pressing priorities and vacancies within the Department, staff is unable to conduct a promotional testing process at this time. Staff informed the Commission that it would be acceptable to allow the list to expire and to conduct the promotional testing later in the year when time permitted.

Commander Holmes introduced Officer McDonough and Officer Noel, who attended the meeting to request the Commission to consider extending the list for a period of 12 months.

Officer McDonough stated reasons for his request of consideration to extend the list, which included the skill level of those officers on the current list, the potential for less qualified officers to get on a new list, and the cost associated with conducting the testing process.

Officer Noel stated reasons for his request of consideration to extend the list, which included concurrence with the reasons stated by Officer McDonough and the consideration of the long history of employment of those currently on the list.

The Commission discussed their options for the current list. Staff indicated that they would be able to conduct a testing process by October or November of 2004.

MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Hill to extend the current Sergeant Eligibility List to December 31, 2004 or until superceded by a new list. Motion carried.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS:
The Commission reviewed proposed Civil Service Rules language to change the minimum education requirements for Police Officers and Firefighters to 60 semester or 90 quarter credits from an accredited college effective January 1, 2005.

MOTION: Moved by Maehara and seconded by Blakney to change the minimum education requirements for new Police Officers and Firefighters to 60 semester or 90 quarter credits from an accredited college effective January 1, 2005. Motion carried.

CIVIL SERVICE LANGUAGE FOR TESTING PROCEDURES FOR ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE OFFICERS, LATERALS AND POLICE CORPS APPLICANTS:
Staff informed the Commission that the Civil Service language for testing procedures for entry-level police officers, laterals and police corps applicants was not clear and could be better organized. The Commission reviewed the current language and directed staff to come back with proposed language at a future meeting.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING – CIVIL SERVICE RULES LANGUAGE FOR APPEALS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
Staff recommended that the Commission consider changing Section 11, subsection E of the Civil Service Rules to read, “In accordance with RCW Chapter 42.30.140, all such investigations made by the Commission shall be by hearing after reasonable notice to the accused shall be afforded the opportunity of appearing in person…”

MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to change the language in Section 11, subsection E of the Civil Service Rules as proposed. Motion carried

Off Agenda Items

There were none.

Next Meeting Date

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 5:00 p.m., in the Caucus Room at City Hall.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:07 p.m.

 

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