Employee Relations

Limitations on Admission to Promotional Exams

The Mandate: Under existing law, when an exam for a position is offered, should the position represent a promotion, the only individuals eligible to take the exam are those currently employed in the same department. Should an appointing authority seek to have other individuals take the exam, reasons must be presented in writing to the appropriate civil service agency in order to obtain its consent to expand the pool of test takers.

The Cost: This arbitrary prohibition prevents local governments from obtaining the most qualified, efficient and productive person for a position.

The Solution: In the interest of seeking to obtain the best qualified job applicants, the statute should be amended to provide that those employed in other departments or by other municipalities, and who are otherwise qualified to take an exam, be allowed to do so.