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Low candidate turnout for Civil Service test

December 6, 2013
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT - East Liverpool Reporter ( , The Review

EAST LIVERPOOL - Today is the deadline to register for an upcoming Civil Service test for an entry-level position in the city's Refuse & Recycling Department, and officials are somewhat concerned about the low turnout of candidates.

As of Thursday afternoon, about 20 people had registered to take the test scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mary Patterson Building on East Fourth Street, which is considerably less than officials usually see for such full-time positions.

A minimum of 10 candidates with passing grades is required to even create an eligibility list, according to Civil Service secretary Jane Miller, who said the test is a general knowledge test for which the minimum passing score is 70.

The position pays $10 per hour plus benefits which include health insurance, paid vacations and holidays, pension and union representation. The job description entails the typical duties associated with collecting trash and recyclables.

Officials noted that, while this is an entry-level position, it is not unusual for those hired in such jobs to move into other city departments such as streets, water/sewer or maintenance.

With a number of retirements expected beginning next year, the opportunity to move up could come soon, according to city officials.

Veterans who have been honorably discharged are eligible to receive a 20 percent credit on exams with a passing grade. Those applying must be from Ohio and be at least 18 years old.

There is no fee to register for the test, although a valid driver's license must accompany all application forms, which can be picked up in the mayor's office at City Hall and returned no later than 4 p.m. today.



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