Wednesday, August 31, 2005
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.
Commissioners Blakney & Maehara. Chief Elsoe, Police Commander Holmes, Personnel & Training Sergeant Burns, Chief Examiner/Secretary Segle.
Absent: Fire Commander Mauldin & Commissioner Hill.
Civil Service Rule Change – Interview Up to 25 Candidates for Police Officer Oral Board Process:
Chief Elsoe reviewed the current Civil Service Rules language regarding the number of candidates invited to the oral board process. Staff discussed the benefits of changing the language to read, “up to 25 candidates…”
MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to approve the proposed Civil Service Rules language allowing staff to interview up to 25 candidates for each oral board process for new Police Officers. Motion carried.
Permission to Conduct Oral Board Process for Police Officer Open Position(s):
Chief Elsoe informed the Commission that the current entry-level eligibility list has been exhausted and staff is seeking permission to conduct an oral board process in September.
MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to permit staff to conduct an entry-level/lateral Police Officer oral board process in September. Motion carried.
Provisional Lieutenant Duties:
Chief Elsoe explained that Commander Lacy would be retiring in September and asked the Commission for permission to appoint a provisional Lieutenant from the list of current Sergeants for a period of up to 4 months.
MOTION: Moved by Maehara and seconded by Blakney to authorize the appointment of a Provisional Lieutenant. Motion carried.
Promotional Testing for Lieutenant
Chief Elsoe explained that staff needed permission to conduct a new promotional testing process to fill the vacancy of Lieutenant as a result of Commander Lacy’s impending retirement. Chief Elsoe updated the Commission on the last promotional testing process for Lieutenant. He explained that the Commission could approve anything from a comprehensive oral board process, managed by staff to a full blown assessment center testing process managed by an outside consultant.
Several Sergeants were in attendance at the meeting. Chief Elsoe introduced each Sergeant to the Commission and invited them to address the Commission regarding their concerns and/or opinions for the proposed testing process.
Sergeant Steve Hyatt: Requested that the Commission consider authorizing a comprehensive oral board process, allowing the Chief and his designees to determine the best candidate for promotion. Sergeant Hyatt also expressed concerns regarding the appointment of a Sergeant to Provisional Lieutenant. He felt that this would give the Provisional Lieutenant an unfair advantage over other Sergeants in the testing process.
Sergeant Marc Marcroft: Requested an expeditious process because it would be in the Department’s best interest to fill this vacancy as quickly as possible. He was also in favor of a comprehensive oral board process.
Sergeant Keith McDonough: Requested a comprehensive oral board process with the Chief and his designees making the final decision. He stated that he did not believe the Sergeant appointed to the Provisional Lieutenant position would have an unfair advantage over other Sergeants.
MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to authorize the Chief to conduct a comprehensive oral board process to establish a new promotional eligibility list for the position of Lieutenant expiring at the end of 2 years. Motion carried.
Off Agenda ItemsNext Meeting Date
Sergeant Keith McDonough petitioned the Commission to allow him to participate in the promotional testing process for the position of Lieutenant.
After considerable discussion, Commissioner Blakney voted “no” based on the fact that Sergeant McDonough had been promoted to Sergeant less than one year ago. Commissioner Maehara voted “yes” based on the fact that Sergeant McDonough should be able to test for the position since the next opportunity for testing would not occur for a period of two years.
Chief Examiner/Secretary Segle informed the Commission that she would schedule another Special Meeting where Commissioner Hill could weigh in to determine whether Sergeant McDonough would be allowed to test for the position of Lieutenant. .
The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 5:00 p.m., in the Caucus Room at City Hall.