Exceptional appointment approved

EAST LIVERPOOL — With the impending retirement of a long-time tax department employment, the Civil Service Commission this week agreed to allow for an exceptional appointment to a part-time spot in the department.

In a memo to the commission, tax Commissioner Linda Harpold noted that tax clerk Karen Smith will retire in April after 21 years and she plans to move the part-time clerk into her full-time position.

Harpold reminded the commission in her memo that, when advertising for the part-time position last year, only three applications were received, so no Civil Service exam was given, and one applicant with 25 years of tax preparation experience was hired.

She said once this part-time employee is promoted to full-time, she will either need a test or again be permitted to hire someone as an exceptional appointment, providing a lengthy list of qualifications needed for the position, which pays $11 per hour.

Commission member Sherrie Curtis pointed out many of the qualifications are those the average person could not meet and suggested the exceptional appointment be allowed.

In addition, Curtis noted, “Karen has been a good employee. She will be missed greatly.”

Member Jeff Cartwright-Smith suggested that Harpold be asked to “plan ahead” for future vacancies and offer possible ways to “beat the bushes” for venues to advertise for applicants.

Secretary Jane Miller asked commission members how they would like her to report to the state auditor two new employees hired by application only and not by testing.

The commission had voted to eliminate the need to test for entry level laborer positions in the refuse/recycling department, with employees hired from applications instead.

It was agreed to report they were applications on a certified list. Members also agreed that an open-ended pool of applicants needs to be in place for the position rather than limiting acceptance of applications to a certain time frame.

Approved was the permanent appointment of Jonathan Kerchofer as a patrolman, effective Feb. 4, at a salary of $20.48 per hour.

Also approved was the resignation of Nick Brown as an operator in the water department, effective Feb. 2, with no reason given.