Jones to pick chiefsfrom top 3 candidates

By Jennifer L. Smith Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The measure was contrary to the option of having the top-scoring candidate automatically selected to serve as chief.

A separate ordinance to open the position to outside candidates was withdrawn from consideration. Jones requested that the ordinance, which was presented to council in separate form since its last reading in council's finance committee, be withdrawn because it lacked support.

Officers from the police and fire departments, which both are operating under the direction of interim chiefs, voiced opposition last week against opening the position to outside individuals but supported choosing between the top three candidates.

Law Director Frank Cimino advised city council members to cancel the civil service examination set for September and reschedule it to reflect the adopted ordinance and avoid potential legal problems, but council discussed the possibility of simply notifying the eligible candidates of the change, which will take effect in 30 days.

Cimino said he will meet with the Civil Service Commission to discuss the possible cancellation.

Council will vote at its Aug. 3 meeting whether a similar charter amendment proposed by the Ravenna Charter Review Commission will be placed on the November ballot.

Commission member Claudia Burt Green said the proposed amendment includes opening the test to outside candidates and choosing from the top three candidates, because the voters should decide.

"We're asking that the people let us know what they think," Green said. "The issue should be submitted to the people, and they deserve to vote on it."

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