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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Call To Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. at the City of Mercer Island Caucus Room, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA.

Roll Call

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

Regular Business

Approval of Minutes:
Moved by Maehara and seconded by Hill to approve the minutes of December 13, 2005 as submitted. Motion carried.

Personnel Orders:
Chief Elsoe reviewed the personnel orders with the Commission.

Police and Fire Rosters:
Chief Elsoe reviewed the Police Rosters with the Commission. There were no changes to the Fire Rosters.

Reorganization of Public Safety:
Chief Elsoe made a presentation to the Commission explaining how the Department of Public Safety would split into a Police Department and Fire Department effective June 1st. Chief Elsoe explained that he will be retiring on June 1st and that the City has appointed Commander Ed Holmes to the position of Police Chief and Commander Walt Maulding to the position of Fire Chief. Chief Examiner/Secretary Segle informed the Commission that the Civil Service Rules would need to be updated and the Commission would likely review the Rules during the May Civil Service meeting.

Approval of Entry-Level Police Officer Eligibility List:
Sergeant Hyatt provided a summary to the Commission on the last entry-level Police Officer interview process. He explained that one vacancy would be filled by the current list, provided that the candidates pass the background process.

MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to certify the entry-level candidate Police Officer Eligibility Lists. Motion carried.

Fire Promotional Eligibility List:
Commander Mauldin explained the current promotional opportunity in the Fire Division. He explained that there is one candidate eligible to be promoted from Lieutenant to Battalion Chief and three candidates eligible to be promoted from Firefighter to Lieutenant. Staff informed the Commission that they could direct staff to promote from the current eligibility lists or exhaust one of both of the lists and approve a new promotional testing process for the positions of Lieutenant and/or Battalion Chief.

Several Firefighters attended the meeting and were invited to comment on the subject.

Aaron Fleming, Firefighter and Union President – Explained that the Union had discussed the issue and all but three Firefighters showed up for the discussion, indicating how strongly the Union members felt about the topic. Aaron explained that all Union members are supportive of promoting off the current eligibility lists. He said that it was an issue of fairness and said that retesting before the current list expires just demonstrates that any future test doesn’t really matter because the process will get changed anyway. He said that all three current Battalion Chiefs have been hired off a one candidate eligibility list and that the current candidate on the Battalion Chief eligibility list scored very high and is a viable candidate.

Darrel Gordon, Lieutenant – Explained that he is the one candidate on the Battalion Chief promotional list. He said that he has been a Lieutenant for five years. He felt that by expiring the list, he would miss out on a promotional opportunity for the second time in his career. He explained that he did well on the test and there is no good reason to expire the current list.

Steve Heitman, Firefighter – Said that retesting would undermine the testing process. He said that even though he thinks he would do better if required to retest, he does not support retesting

Jason Cook, Firefighter – Explained that there were no openings at the time of the test, but he took the chance anyway and here we are with an unexpected promotional opportunity. A new test would not be fair to those who took the test without knowing that a promotional opportunity would present itself. He said that requiring a new testing process would be detrimental to the Department.

Herschel Rostov, Firefighter – Appealed to the Commission to continue the fair, current and consistent process. He also felt that retesting would undermine the testing process and that outstanding and committed candidates are on the current list.

Curt Groscost, Lieutenant – Said he did not take the last test by choice and he supports keeping the current list.

MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to promote from the current promotional eligibility lists. Motion carried.

Off Agenda Items

There were none.

Next Meeting Date

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 5:00 p.m., in the Caucus Room at City Hall.

Adjournment

5:55 pm

 

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