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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Call To Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:01 p.m. at the City of Mercer Island Caucus Room, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA.

Roll Call

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

Regular Business

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to approve the minutes of June 10, 2003 as submitted. Motion carried.

PERSONNEL ORDERS:
The Commission reviewed the personnel orders submitted for June, July and August.

POLICE AND FIRE ROSTERS
Chief Elsoe briefed the Commission on the roster changes from June through August.

FIRE PROMOTIONAL TESTING LIST – EXTENSION REQUEST
Fire Division Commander Mauldin requested that the Fire Department promotional testing be officially moved from April to October, which would require an extension of the current promotional eligibility list set to expire in April of 2004, to October of 2004.

MOTION: Moved by Maehara and seconded by Blakney to move the Fire Department promotional testing process from April to October and to extend the current promotional eligibility list to October of 2004 . Motion carried.

CIVIL SERVICE RULES – CONTINUOUS TESTING (INTERVIEWING AND EXPIRATION OF LIST)
Chief Elsoe requested that the Commission consider changing the number of entry-level police officer interview candidates from 25 to 16 and changing the expiration of the entry-level eligibility list from one year to ninety days. He stated that staff’s interest in making these changes was based on the fact that we were now engaging in continuous testing through PublicSafetyTesting.com. Chief Elsoe further requested that the candidate’s examination scores shall be determined by applying 40% of the total score to the written test and 60% of the total score to the oral board’s results. The Commission discussed the issue with staff.

MOTION: Moved by Blakney and seconded by Maehara to change the number of candidates invited to the oral board process from the top 25 to the top 16, to change the expiration of the entry-level eligibility list from one year to ninety days, and to weight the total candidate scores by applying 40% to the written test and 60% to the oral board interview. Motion carried.

Off Agenda Items

Chief Elsoe informed the Commission that staff may be coming to them on a future date to request consideration of raising the minimum requirements for entry-level police officer to include some amount of college credits. He stated that currently the City requires a high school education or GED as the minimum educational requirement.

The Commission requested that staff bring a summary of the education levels of current Police Department employees for their review.

Next Meeting Date

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 5:00 p.m., in the Caucus Room at City Hall.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

 

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