MOUNT VERNON — The Civil Service Commission of Mount Vernon met Thursday in City Hall Council Chambers and discussed the possibility of conducting random drug testing for all civil service positions as well as pre-employment physical exams. They also approved a new job description for the fire department and changed the status of Parks, Buildings and Public Lands positions. The discussions demonstrated the “housekeeping” needed to keep jobs current and compliant with state laws.
Commission members at the meeting included president Jim Depue, David Rigg, Scott Craigo, and administrator Tony Deluliis. City Safety-Service Director Dave Glass and Clerk of Council Tanya Newell also attended. Addressing some of the items on the agenda were Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace, Mount Vernon Police Cpl. Scott McKnight and city water/wastewater administrator Judy Scott.
Setting a minimum education requirement for all civil service job descriptions, the feasibility of random drug screenings for all positions, and the feasibility of pre-employment physical exams had all been discussed previously but continued in Thursday’s meeting with no actions taken.
There was general agreement that a minimum education requirement of a high school diploma was generally acknowledged as reasonable and it was noted that there are some job descriptions without that requirement specified.
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