MOUNT VERNON — With the pending retirement of Mount Vernon Police Chief Roger Monroe, the city civil service commission will be opening the entrance exam for the police department’s top position to five officers.
Civil Service Administrator Tony DeIuliis said Friday that the written exam for the chief’s job will be held Nov. 15, with oral interviews to be held in December. The two tests will be weighted 40 percent on the written test and 60 percent on the oral exams toward the applicants’ final scores.
The test will be open to officers holding the rank of sergeant or captain. Currently, the MVPD has four sergeants and one captain. The officers must meet eligibility requirements to take the test.
The oral test will involve a panel of three retired chiefs, who will bring up examples of real-life scenarios, then ask the applicants how they would respond to them. Only those applicants who score 70 percent or higher on the written test will make it to the oral test.
The highest score will determine who is the new chief.
Monroe has announced his intention to retire but has not announced a date, City Safety Services Director Joel Daniels said. Monroe’s final day is expected to be in mid-November.
During the exam process, there will be a period where the PD will be served by an acting chief. The chief can be an officer taking the exam. However, Daniels said, how they do as interim chief will not affect whether they get the job.
DeIuliis said the chief, once hired, is on a probationary period for 180 days.
The chief’s salary is $79,690.
A civil service exam will also be held Oct. 3 for a firefighter/EMT position.
East Hamtramck Street will be closed next week as city crews correct ruts in the brick surface.
Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle said the bricks will be removed, the road base stabilized and a concrete surface put down. The bricks will be retained by the city and returned to the roadway when the entire brick street is given a complete rehab, possibly in a year or two.
Surface water and heavy truck traffic are believed to have contributed to the road surface sinking into ruts. There is a water line that runs directly beneath the street, and it will be checked to see if it is contributing to the problem. Utilities Assistant Superintendent Ken Griffith said he does not expect anything to be wrong with the line, however.
The dip in the road is so deep that cars leaving driveways have bottomed out. The ruts run along a 170 foot stretch of the street.
Hinkle said he decided on concrete because asphalt will also slump down if the road base fails again.
During construction, there will be no parking on the street.
Hinkle further reported that his department has been getting calls asking to change the traffic light patterns in the South Main Street/Columbus Road intersection. Hinkle said traffic has been backed up due to drivers taking Columbus Road and South Main to get around construction at the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge and other roadwork. Hinkle said he does not plan to change the traffic signal patterns because doing so wouldn’t do any good.
The Newark Road to Glen Road section of the Dixie Drive/Newark Road waterline project is complete, with the Dixie Drive portion ready to install next, Griffith said. Contractors will test the Newark/Glen sections for water pressure and chlorine levels.
City Engineer Brian Ball said the pipes and meters for taps to residences in the project area have been ordered.
Griffith further said that dissolved oxygen probes have been received and are in use at the city’s wastewater plant. The probes monitor oxygen levels in the water tanks, something that previously had to be done manually.
The road base has been laid in for the Yellow Jacket Drive extension to Cougar Drive, Ball said. The base is part of a new section of road that will connect Yellow Jacket to Cougar from South Division Street. The project will also eliminate a small part of Yellow Jacket Drive where it turns in at the middle school. The road will be straightened, with access from there to the middle school.
Parks and Building and Grounds Superintendent Dave Carpenter said Ariel-Foundation Park will be closed until 1 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 13 for the annual goose hunt.
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