CSC vacancies delaying police, fire personnel hiring

FLINT TWP. — Police and fire hiring recently hit a standstill while the township’s Civil Service Commission is being restaffed. The three-member CSC oversees testing, employment and advancement eligibility of township fire and police personnel under guidelines set forth by law.

One commissioner recently resigned and one moved away, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, during a discussion about civil service hiring at the Jan. 20 township board of trustees.

The township board appoints one member to the CSC. Police and fire union members choose a second commissioner and those two appointees select the third member Miller said.

Judge Don Rockwell of the 67th district court, who is a township resident, is the township board appointee. Police and fire personnel recently chose Tom Klee as their appointee. The two men were expected to meet earlier this week to select the third member, Miller said, adding that the board would be updated on the replacement process at its Feb. 2 meeting.

Both the police and fire departments are in the process of hiring but are waiting for the CSC panel to be reestablished.

Police Chief George Sippert said some job applicants were approved from the old list before the former CSC dismantled. The department received about 40 applications during a hiring period in December. Four of those applicants did not meet minimum criteria but others have been invited to to take an upcoming written exam from which a new eli- gibility list will be established. Background checks are also conducted based on that.

Chief Sippert said he hopes the CSC will allow the police department to seek more applications in May after the graduation of a current police recruiting class. Being able to conduct tests three times a year will freshen the pool of applicants on the list, which is good for two years.

Under the procedure of testing once every two years, it often happens that qualified applicants on the list have found jobs elsewhere, he said.

He noted that the police department does not take applications. Those are processed by the township clerk who submits them to the CSC.

Miller said she had received several calls from people interested in applying for firefighter jobs.

Fire Chief John Ringwelski said his hands are tied until the new CSC is in place. Miller said she and Chief Ringwelski were planning to meet this week to discuss staffing.

Hiring more police and fire staff was one of the promises made to voters for approving the Public Safety Millage in November.

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