EAST LIVERPOOL - The Civil Service Commission on Wednesday discussed the difficulty in finding a competitive exam to be given for a mechanic's position in the Streets Department.
The commission received a request from Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell to schedule a test for the mechanic's position, but members were somewhat stumped at where to find such a test.
Secretary Jane Miller said the existing test is most likely outdated since it was used in the 1980s, pointing out there would have been many changes in the vehicles and equipment a mechanic might be expected to work on today compared to that many years ago.
She said there is a web site dedicated to practice tests, but she was unable to find any source for actually purchasing a test.
Member John Fisher suggested contacting the head of the automotive course at the high school career center, John Torma, to ask if he has any ideas on the availability of such a test.
Meanwhile, a competitive exam for water department clerk is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the city campus of Kent State University, with applications available in the mayor's office in City Hall.
The clerk's job, a union position, pays $14 per hour plus benefits, and utilities Director Bob Disch said recently he expects two positions to be available due to retirements and other employees moving up.
Applications can be picked up and returned to the mayor's office until 4 p.m. Oct. 18.
As of Wednesday, 40 applications had been picked up, according to the mayor's secretary.
Estell also asked the commission to allow the Refuse and Recycling eligibility list to expire on its Nov. 8 expiration date and then to schedule a competitive test for that department.
Members said it will most likely be after January before this test can be scheduled.