Tuesday, March 12, 2002
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, Hill and Winterbauer. Secretary/Chief Examiner Segle, Chief Deveny, Police Commander Elsoe, Fire Commander Mauldin.
Absent: Training and Personnel Sergeant Holmes
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Moved by Blakney and seconded by Hill to approve the minutes of February 12, 2002 as submitted. Motion carried.
The Commission reviewed the February personnel orders.
FEBRUARY POLICE AND FIRE ROSTERS:
There were no changes to the February Police roster. There were no changes to the February Fire roster.
PROMOTIONAL TESTING ASSESSMENT CENTER PROPOSAL:
Commander Elsoe passed out the proposal for the assessment center portion of the upcoming promotional testing process from JMF and Associates. The Commission discussed the proposal with staff.
Motion: Moved by Winterbauer and seconded by Blakney to accept the proposal from JMF and Associates and to approve the assessment center testing process as presented. Motion carried.
NEW LANGUAGE – ORAL BOARD PARTICIPATION FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS:
Chief Examiner Segle presented Civil Service Rules a final draft of the Civil Service language that increased the minimum number of participants for future Police and Fire oral board interviews. The Commission discussed the changes to the language.
Motion: Moved by Winterbauer and seconded by Blakney to approve the new language as proposed, with the condition that the word “recommendation” is changed to “recommendations”. Motion carried.
Off Agenda Items
Next Meeting Date
REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF 3 YEAR SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR PROMOTIONAL TESTING: Police Commander Elsoe explained that section B of the Civil Service Rules requires that Police Officers must be employed for a minimum of 3 years before they are permitted to participate in a promotional testing process. Commander Elsoe passed out three waiver requests from Officers who have less than three years of service with the Department. The requests were submitted by Officers Marc Marcroft, Thomas Quinn, and John Haraway. The Commission discussed the requests with staff and were supportive of waiving the 3 year requirement for Marcroft and Quinn, who have passed their respective probationary periods. Since Haraway is still within his probationary period, the Commission did not support his waiver request.
Commissioner Hill explained that the Seattle Police Department requires that officers complete 5 years of employment before they can be promoted, but any officer may take a promotional test at anytime. The Commission suggested that this idea may be worth further discussion at a future date.
Motion: Moved by Winterbauer and seconded by Hill to approve the waiver requests for the upcoming promotional testing for Officer Marc Marcroft and Officer Thomas Quinn and deny the waiver request for Officer John Haraway. Motion carried.
WEIGHTING OF SERGEANT’S EVALUATION PORTION OF PROMOTIONAL TESTING: Commander Elsoe explained that currently the sergeant’s evaluation portion of promotional testing is weighted at 40% and the assessment center is weighted at 60%. The police officers were surveyed, and staff recommended that the Commission consider changing the weighting to 50% for the sergeant’s evaluation and 50% for the assessment center. It was explained that both portions of the testing were of equal value.
Motion: Moved by Winterbauer and seconded by Hill to adjust the weighting of the sergeant’s evaluation portion of the promotional testing process from 40% to 50%. Motion carried.
SERVICE RECOGNITION AND FAREWELL TO STEVE WINTERBAUER: The staff presented Commissioner Winterbauer with an etched mug and watch in recognition of his outstanding service and valuable contribution as a Civil Service Commissioner.
The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at 5:00 p.m., in the Caucus Room at City Hall.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.