Civil Service panel OKs testing for police department

STEUBENVILLE – The Civil Service Commission on Friday approved testing for an entry-level police officer position and a sergeant’s promotional exam.

The commission members reviewed the updated job description for patrolman, sergeant and captain jobs in the police department and then approved the tests.

“It’s good to see the updated police department job descriptions. When we are asked to test for a position in a city department we should make sure we have the updated job description before approving the test. The police chief has provided us with an updated job description so we can proceed with the testing process,” said commission member Rob D’Anniballe.

“We will advertise for the test for the required five days and will schedule the entry-level test for patrolman and promotional test for the sergeant’s job as soon as possible. I am pleased to see the test request come in December from Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci. We need a fully staffed police department, and this will allow us to create a list of qualified candidates for the patrolman position,” said commission Chairperson Delores Wiggins.

Police Chief Bill McCafferty said there is currently one vacancy in the patrolman ranks.

Commission Secretary Cathy Kalish said she will approach Eastern Gateway Community College regarding the possibility of conducting the tests at the school’s main campus.

In other business, the commission approved the 2013 report.

Kalish said the commission’s annual expenses dropped in 2013 because there was no testing for part-time or seasonal employees last year.