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Monday, May 4, 2009

[OH] Guess how many Cuyahoga County deputies never took the hiring exam

ALMOST HALF.
Did they have background checks? Psychological exams? Who are these people with the sworn power of arrest and county-issued weapons? What other law enforcment agencies are run this way?

ALMOST HALF OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY DEPUTIES DIDN'T TAKE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM
Almost half of them never took civil service qualifying exam
Plain Dealer
Mark Puente
Sunday, May 03, 2009
[Excerpts] Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies have the power to carry a gun and arrest people, but nearly half of them never took a required civil service test to qualify for the jobs, and the positions were never posted for the public to apply. The Sheriff's Office hasn't given a hiring test in a decade, but that hasn't stopped the office from hiring 62 deputies. Fifty-five of the 62 people hired since the last civil service test was given listed police officers, other deputies or politicians as references on their applications. Eleven of them are relatives of Sheriff's Office employees. One deputy noted on his application that members of his family are lifelong friends of former Sheriff Gerald McFaul. Four others listed McFaul's son, Gerald McFaul Jr., as a reference... Counties without civil service commissions must follow state guidelines for hiring. The Sheriff's Office last gave a hiring test in 1999... [Full article here]

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