Tuesday night, the Helena-West Helena City Council acted on the Civil Service Commission’s recommendation to terminate the temporary emergency hires in the police department based on their testing results provided by the CSC.

 

Tuesday night, the Helena-West Helena City Council acted on the Civil Service Commission’s recommendation to terminate the temporary emergency hires in the police department based on their testing results provided by the CSC.
The test provided the department with an idea of who is applying to be a police officer and is broken down into several categories. The tests were reportedly given to seven emergency hires and two applicants that were applying for full time officer positions within the department. The council was introduced to several scores of these individuals and reminded that each applicant has to be tested and qualify for the position or the promotion. 
The council agreed with the recommendation of the CSC. 
Mayor Arnell Willis concurred stating that, “these individuals have failed the test that reflects their qualifications or skills required for hire.”
At a CSC session Monday evening Commission chair Will Tate, presented the vital testing information to some city council members.
Tate stated that the mission of the CSC is “to establish and implement rules and regulations to insure equitable treatment in hiring, promotions and disciplinary fashions for uniformed officers in the police and fire department in accordance to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.” 
According to Tate, the CSC approved an emergency clause to hire officers on a temporary basis, to improve the performance of the police department contingent upon taking and passing the entry-level exam.
Police Chief Uless Wallace reported that the emergency hires did not pass the Civil Service test. Tate stated that the Commission has the results from the testing for possible full-time officers that the police department requested.